Pattaya, Thailand — A contestant from Myanmar has entered the transgender beauty pageant Miss International Queen in Pattaya, Thailand for the first time.
Twenty-five contestants from 17 countries will compete Friday in the ninth such pageant since 2004, said organizers.
“Five years ago I would not have dared to enter,” said Tanya Maung, 28, who attends Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok, said reports. “But now Myanmar has democracy, so I feel free to contest”.
Arisa Phanthusak, contest organizer and acting manager of Tiffany’s, Pattaya’s oldest transgender cabaret, said, “The prize is 300,000 baht, a crown with real gems and free surgery for anything at a famed plastic surgery clinic in Bangkok.”
The Tiffany’s Show was started 40 years ago by Ms Arisa’s father and a business partner to provide Pattaya Beach resort with a novel form of entertainment while also offering transgenders a legitimate career option, she said.
The show went international in 2004, offering transgenders in other countries an opportunity to bask in the limelight.