Pattaya Mail - Vol. XVIII No. 18 - Friday April 30 - May 6, 2010 News
Thailand’s most celebrated transvestites will compete against women of the second category from around the world in the annual Miss Tiffany Universe pageant May 7.
The field of 80 contestants was narrowed to 30 on April 24 at Central Festival Pattaya Beach. They will partake in preliminary competition from May 3-6 at the Tiffany Theatre. The final round May 7 will be telecast live from the theater at 11 p.m. on Channel 7.
Tiffany’s Deputy Managing Director Alisa Phanthusak said at an April 20 press conference that the Miss Tiffany pageant continues to expand its reach and this year, its 13th, comes as transgender participants have gained even more acceptance in society.
Pageant Chairman Saree Wongmontha said this year’s theme is: “I Am What I Am,” which not coincidently was the finale song in “La Cage aux Folles,” the Tony-award winning Broadway musical about a French transvestite cabaret. Saree said the theme is meant to stress the contestants’ liberation from struggle and ability to realize their self potential.