The Miss Universe Organization was bought by a Thai Tycoon and transgender activist for $20 million, her company said Wednesday.
The person in charge of JKN Global Group Public Co. Ltd. is Chakrapong “Anne” Chakrajutathib. and is well-known in Thailand for being a transgender woman and a reality show star, is in charge of JKN Global Group Public Co. Ltd. She helped start the Life Inspired For Transsexual Foundation, a non-profit group that fights for transsexual rights.
IMG Worldwide LLC, a sports, talent, and events marketing company that have run the Miss Universe Organization since 2015, sold JKN the rights to the Miss Universe pageant. Donald Trump, who was the 45th president of the United States, had a share in the pageant rights until IMG bought them in 2006.
JKN said that it has set up JKN Metaverse Inc. in the U.S. to own the Miss Universe Organization. IMG says that the Miss Universe pageant is shown in 165 countries.
Thai Tycoon Chakrapong said that the purchase was “a strong and strategic addition to our portfolio” in a statement. JKN, which sells content, drinks, food supplements, beauty products, and consumer goods, said it will use the Miss Universe name to market its consumer goods.
Earlier this year, a profile of Chakrapong was published in the Bangkok Post newspaper. It said that when she was young, she went to an all-male school where she was bullied for being a woman. It said that after she became wealthy, she spent 40 million baht (US$1 million) on surgery and other procedures to change her gender.
Thailand has a good international reputation when it comes to LGBTQ rights and lifestyles. However, there is no way for transgender people to change their legal gender, and there aren’t enough legal protections for them. This, along with social stigma, makes it hard for transgender people to get services and exposes them to daily humiliations, according to a report from Human Rights Watch in New York from last year.
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