Design student wins Miss Tiffany Universe

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A 22-year-old design student took home 1.5 million baht in prizes after winning the Miss Tiffany Universe transgender beauty contest in Pattaya.

Jiratchaya “Mo” Sirimongkolnawin wowed judges with her evening gown and swimsuit presentation, capturing the award with her answer to an audience question defining happiness as “working for what I love to do and dream about: Being on this stage”.

Jiratchaya also won the Miss Photogenic and Miss Silky Skin by Asoke Skin Hospital prizes at the Tiffany Theater May 13. She now goes on to represent Thailand at this autumn’s Miss International Queen contest.

Miss Tiffany Universe 2016 was awarded to Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin (center); 1st Runner up was Millananin Santhep (left) and 2nd Runner up was Rananda Wattanasiriwilaikul (right).

Millananin Santhep finished second and Rananda Wattanasiriwilaikul third in the pageant which carried the theme of “Lifespiration” created by Poy Trichada who asked contestants to be aware of their value and abilities and improve themselves to be successful.

The nationally televised pageant began with Tiffany’s new resident magician Joe Labero, who put on his show featuring cabaret performers, and continued with all 30 contestants parading in their gowns.

Contestants and sponsors gather on stage for the paparazzi.

Judges then cut the field to 12 finalists, who appeared in swimsuits.

The Best Costume award went to Araya Bua and Miss Congeniality to Chayapa Siaon. The Miss Fit & Firm prize was awarded to Natchaporn Thepkunaono.

The Miss Snail White by Namu Life award was given to Millananin while the popular vote went to Kedsanee Predarath.

The crowning moment when Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin realizes she won the Miss Tiffany Universe 2016 pageant.

Jiratchaya took home a prize package of diamond crown, 150,000 baht cash, a car valued at 800,000 baht, a 10,000-baht voucher from Pratunam Polyclinic, a 100,000-baht voucher from Asoke Skin Hospital, Mistine Cosmetics Snail White products, and a one-year guest stay at the Woodlands Hotel & Resort.

The first runner-up took home 100,000 baht in cash, vouchers and products while the second runner-up got 70,000 baht cash and a similar package.

Part of the proceeds from the pageant went to the Thai Red Cross’s HIV children and mothers’ program.