The pageant has grown so much over the last decade that the final is now broadcast on national television each May to thousands of fans. The rules are simple: Applicants must be Thai transgender and aged between 18 and 25 - but those under 20 need parental permission. We are just people who want to make others happy. By Emma Glanfield for MailOnline. With the beauties all being born male before making the transition to women, organisers of the competition hope it will help breakdown the stigma many of Thailand's transgender community face on a daily basis. Beauty contestants prepare to walk the runway wearing swimwear during the Miss Tiffany's Universe transvestite contest in Bangkok, Thailand. Pictured: Contestants in Bangkok yesterday.
Miss Tiffany's Universe 2016 candidates show off their bodies in swimwear round
Pictured: Several candidates prepare with last minute touches before the catwalk.
Although there are as many as , trans in the kingdom, there is still widespread prejudice against them. By Emma Glanfield for MailOnline. The beauty pageant entrants are encouraged to wear understated, elegant make up, to make sure they look as feminine as possible. Pictured: Two contestants taking part in one round of the show.