Trans beauty queen, star of Coconuts’ documentary crowned Miss Tiffany’s Universe

Photo: Miss Tiffany’s Universe

The second time was the charm for Kanwara “Esmon” Kaewjeen, who won the Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2018 pageant on Friday night, a year after being eliminated without making the final round.

The 21-year-old starred in a Coconuts TV’s documentary that covered last year’s competition and captured the audience with her backstory.

“I’m still shook! I just won the title a few days ago. I remember just sitting there [in the backstage] and cried because I was so happy! It felt so good that all of my hard work paid off,” she told Coconuts today in a phone interview.

Photo: Esmon Kanwara/ Facebook
Photo: Esmon Kanwara/ Facebook

Esmon, a mass communication student at Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, comes from the resort city of Prachuap Khiri Khan, where her parents sell fried chicken at a local market and she still sometimes lends a hand.

Although she didn’t win the competition last year and lost to social media star Rinrada “Yoshi” Thurapani, Esmon came home a local celebrity for her performance.

She was emotional when she spoke of her parents: “My parents were quite sad last year that I didn’t win.”

“This year, they didn’t come to see me compete in Pattaya, but they were watching me on TV at home with the rest of the family. They sent me a video — when I got the crown, they were all screaming in excitement! It’s like — I really did it!”

For now, Esmon will focus on moving to international competition — she will represent Thailand in Miss International Queen, a trans pageant also held in Pattaya.

“My life has changed,” she said.

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In the Coconuts TV documentary, Esmon allowed our crew and guest host Pan Pan Narkprasert, aka Pangina Heals of Thailand’s Drag Race, to follow her not only backstage, but post-competition back to her hometown, where we visited with her family.

You can watch the segment “Sexy Time” below while the other episodes can be streamed on iflix.

 

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