THERE was big fun over the weekend when over 40 overweight women and transvestites showed up at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima shopping center to sign up for the upcoming Miss Jumbo Queen beauty pageant, the Thai-language Matichon newspaper reported today (Jan. 8).
According to the regulations of this heavyweight contest, the participants, who could either be women or transvestites, have to be minimum 18 years old and weigh no less than 80 kilograms, which rules out a lot of thin Thai women.
However, there is a change this year with these plus-sized contestants expected to wear and show swimsuits at a fashion show.
The idea behind this beauty contest with a difference is to promote tourism in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province, or Korat, and give these chubby contestants an opportunity to show their ability and potential.
More importantly this pageant helps support elephant and other wild life conservation as well as the construction of a dam at Thap Lan National Park.
The pageant takes on Feb. 24 at the fashion hall on the first floor of The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima.
Top and in-text: Some of the plus-sized women and transvestites participating in this year’s Miss Jumbo Queen beauty pageant. Photos: Matichon