Miss Universe is changing. This was evident in a recent statement by the new owner of the pageant.
The show took place on Saturday, and CEO Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip informed the audience that it was an amazing day.
At the 71st Miss Universe competition in New Orleans, Anne heralded female dominance. Anne, a biological male, celebrated the beginning of female oversight–and the end of male ownership
“It has been seventy years (that) the Miss Universe Organization [has been run] by men. But now, time is up. It’s the moment, really, for women to take the lead…. Welcome to the new era of the global women’s empowerment platform. Welcome to the Miss Universe Organization.”
The old is gone:
“From now on, it’s going to be [run] by women, owned by a trans woman.… For all women, really, around the world to celebrate the power of feminism. Diverse cultures, social inclusion, (and) gender equality. Creativity. The force for good. And, of course, the beauty of humanity.”
Then Anne told a story of victory:
“[I] was born as a trans woman who got bullied and sexually harassed by my own teacher when I was young; plus, I was not accepted by society because they did not want to embrace my differences. But guess what?… I chose not to surrender. I turned pain into power. And I turned life lessons into wisdom.”
The audience bathed the orator in applause.
“This stage called (the) Miss Universe competition, we can elevate all women to feel strong enough, good enough, qualified enough.”
Anne certainly has the power. The Thai billionaire and largest shareholder of JKN Global Group Public Company Limited purchased the Miss Universe Organization from Endeavor's IMG for $20 million.
In terms of transgenderism, the pageant has been heading in this direction since at least 2018. That year, Angela Ponce became the first biological male to take part, after winning the lower pageant to represent Spain. The event was significant because, in 2012, a male Canadian hopeful sued Miss Universe over the right to compete. The Miss Universe organization subsequently loosened its rules.
Transgender people are everywhere–in the entertainment industry, politics, medicine, education as well as in the military. In the traditionally women-dominated realms, change has been the norm: “Biological Male Identifying as Woman Wins Miss Nevada,” “Transgender Model Slams Victoria’s Secret For Bigotry,” “Miss America Organization Crowns Its First Biologically Male Queen,” “New Victoria’s Secret Underwear Angel is Transgendered,” “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Features Its First Transgender Model, Who ‘Embodies the Well-Rounded Woman’.”
There's bound to be more revealed in the coming months. In October, Anne purchased the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty contests.
But even so, beauty pageants have lost the influence they used to have. According to the New York Post, “Jakkaphong bought the organization much to the delight of former owner and famed superagent Ari Emanuel, who reportedly had an ugly time trying to find a buyer after refusing to slash the price.”
Change is certainly in the air:
“Miss Universe’s rule book (initially) allowed only single women between 18 and 28 who have never been married or had children to apply. In recent years, both events have tried to evolve past their traditional roots as ratings plunged.
“Last year’s Miss Universe pageant, won by India’s Harnaaz Sandhu, drew 2.7 million total viewers on Fox—putting the network in last place among the big four broadcasters.”