Why not a transsexual for premier?


Pattaya (dpa) – Thanyaras Jiraphatphakorn, after predicting that Thailand may one day have a “lady boy” for prime minister, was crowned the new Miss Tiffany Universe early Saturday morning at the country’s oldest transvestite beauty pageant.

Judges awarded the 20-year-old Thanyaras – a Kasetsart University student whose real name is Disanee Jitrapajin – the Miss Tiffany Universe crown based on his “charming lady-like appearance” and “brilliant” answers to their probing questions.

In the intelligence contest, when asked whether its was possible for a “katoey” or “lady boy” to become a politician, Thanyaras answered, “Sure, it is. In the future, there might be prime minister who is a lady boy.”

However, he added that much depends on whether Thai society can change their negative views of katoeys.