Miss Universe is changing. Such was made clear in a recent declaration by the pageant’s new owner.
The show was held Saturday, and CEO Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip told the audience it’s a transformative day.
At the 71st Miss Universe competition in New Orleans, Anne heralded female dominance.
The biological male touted the start of womanly stewardship — and an end to manly 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.”
Out with the old:
“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 shared a personal story of triumph:
“[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 crowd bathed its orator in applause.
“This stage called (the) Miss Universe competition, we can elevate all women to feel strong enough, good enough, qualified enough…”
Anne Jakrajutatip, the new owner of Miss Universe, delivered an empowering speech yesterday: “Welcome to the new era. From now on it’s gonna be run by women, owned by a trans woman, for all women around the world.” pic.twitter.com/TJXV8EPkAv
— Dan Hastings-நாராயணன் (@notdanhastings) January 15, 2023
As for transgenderism, the pageant’s been moving in that direction since at least 2018. That year, Angela Ponce became the first biological male to compete, having won the lower pageant to represent Spain. The transpiration was further notable since, in 2012, a male Canadian hopeful had sued Miss Universe over the right to participate. The organization resultantly relaxed its rules.
There’s surely very much more to come. Last October, Anne purchased the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty contests.
Even so, pageants don’t hold the weight they once did. As reported by 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 definitely 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.
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