A contestant in the international competition of Miss Tiffanys has final makeup and hair preparation by an colleague.

Back in my early days of shooting in Thailand as the Chief Photographer for a wire service, I found myself covering one of Thailand's Transvestite Beauty pageant.   This pageant was for Thais 18-to-25.  Miss Tiffany also sponsored a international competition where transvestites from around the world would gather for the competition.
In the early stages, photographers were given backstage access to the preparation by the contestant for the pageant and I often was granted access to the backstage during the final competition.  Miss Tiffany's is the site of the pageant, a theater that has two ladyboy shows for tourist each night in Pattaya, Thailand.
"Ladyboy" or Khatoey" is slang for those men who live as women, some who have had their manhood surgically removed.  They call it a sex change operation.
Since most southeast Asians men have little to no body air and are slender by nature it is not hard to move from one sex to another in appearance.
While the pageant was going on, the cast and crew of the Miss Tiffany show would look on.  
Everyone moving back and forth to costume changes and the rhythm of the show, it was usually organized chaos.  The Miss Tiffany show is very much like a Las Vegas review.  The competition, complete with the swimsuit category looks much the same as any beauty pageant you may have seen before.
Of course, shooting for the wire there was no time to really do anything other than document the pageant.  The key then and now is speed.   Usually, after the winner was announced and photographed me and a driver would make a dash back to Bangkok.  The images would be worked on a laptop while in transit and filed on arrival at the office in downtown, usually around 4am.

Thailand transvestite beauty pageant contestants check one another's makeup prior to judging at the Miss Tiffany competition.

Cast members of the Miss Tiffany show gather backstage between performances in Pattaya, Thailand.

Miss Tiffany show cast memebers on stage in Pattaya, Thailand.

A Miss Tiffany Show cast member is seen backstage between performances in Pattaya, Thailand.

Thailand transvestite beauty pageant contestants dress backstage prior to judging at the Miss Tiffany competition.

A Thailand transvestite beauty pageant contestants checks her dress prior to judging at the Miss Tiffany competition.

Two Thailand transvestite beauty pageant contestants pose for photos prior to judging at the Miss Tiffany competition.

Miss Tiffany Show performers look on from backstage in Pattaya, Thailand.

Performers in the Miss Tifay Show rush backstage for a costume change.

Transvestite performers take to the stage during a performance at the Miss Tiffany beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand.

Transvestite performers take to the stage during a performance at the Miss Tiffany beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand.

A Thailand transvestite beauty pageant contestant has their hair styled prior to judging at the Miss Tiffany competition.

A Thailand transvestite beauty pageant contestant checks their makeup prior to judging at the Miss Tiffany competition.

Miss Germany looks on from backstage at the Miss Tiffany International transvestite beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand.

International contestants in the Miss Tiffany International competition get dressed backstage prior to competition.

International contestants in the Miss Tiffany International competition get dressed backstage prior to competition.

A transvestite beauty pageant contestant relaxes backstage following completion in Pattaya, Thailand.

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