Transsexuals Dazzle in Thai Pageant
Annual contest celebrates the 'third gender'
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2009 5:17 PM CDT
Sorrawee Nattee (L) celebrates after winning the Miss Tiffany Universe contest on May 16, 2009 in Pattaya, Thailand.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – While Americans took a breather from Miss California beauty pageant drama, Thailand held its 12th annual Miss Tiffany Universe contest today, featuring only transsexuals or transvestites, Huffington Post reports. The contest seeks to advance human rights causes for the country’s transgender population, whose “third gender” status is classified in Thai as “Katoey.”

Click the image on the left for a slideshow of Miss Tiffany winners and contestants.