If you have visited Thailand chances are you may have witnessed the extravagant dancing beauties in a cabaret show or even through a personal encounter. Ladyboy's are referred to by many different names including kathoey, transgender, transvestite or cross dresser. Many ladyboys are now the toast of the town becoming famous throughout Thailand, some with successful modeling or television careers and a massive presence on social media.
In 2017, ten of the most famous have been ranked based upon their following and the frequency with which their names appear in local media. Today I thought it would be fun to take a look at these famous people with the help of Coconuts Bangkok, let's count them down.
10. Chalisa 'Rose' Yuemchai
Chalisa 'Rose' Yuemchai shot to fame after a minor role in the Chinese comedy movie 'Lost in Thailand', which made USD$107 million in profits. Chinese audiences were surprised when Rose delivered her single line in well spoken Mandarin. After the release of the movie she developed a strong Chinese fan base, with many Chinese travelers visiting Chiang Mai specifically to visit locations featured in the hit movie.
9. Patta 'Nadia' Wiruntanaki
Nadia was crowned Miss Mimosa Queen Thailand in 2015. After winning the local trans pageant which is held annually in Pattaya she has since become quite well known. Since that time, Nadia has continued to work as a freelance model and dancer.
8. Pemika 'Pynk' Ditsayamethanont
With nearly 100,000 followers on Facebook, Pynk gained fame after becoming a spokes model for a surgery hospital in South Korea. Thanks to her doctor, Pynk now looks like she came straight out of Japanese anime.
7. Monthana 'Jeen' Chuthatus
Jeen 20, made headlines in local media after showing up at the mandatory for men military draft in Thailand’s Chachoengsao province earlier in 2017. Her appearance wasn’t what the draft were expecting for a prospective soldier. Jeen became famous overnight after many people including the soldier recruits themselves took photos of her and posted them online.
6. Woranum 'Frame' Nalatworasakul
Frame 22, shook up social media when she attended the military draft. Her cute and innocent look exempted her from military service but landed her many interviews on Thai TV. A communication arts major, the talented Frame produced a series of short films called 'Crazy Love' starring internet idols as actors.
5. Rinrada 'Yoshi' Thurapan
Yoshi is known for her 'doll face' on social media. Not only a sensation on the internet Yoshi also appeared in a music video for Baitoey Rsiam, a world famous Thai country singer. She has also landed a few movie roles and has almost one million followers on Instagram.
4. Nathachat 'Hana' Chanchiew
Hana was definitely a fan favorite when she auditioned for modeling contest show 'The Face Thailand,' Season 3. Standing out from the crowd Hana was selected to be on the show but was eliminated midway through the competition much to the disappointment of her many fans. But it doesn’t seem to have mattered much, Hana had already developed a strong profile and successful modeling career before joining the show.
3. Chananchida 'Blossom' Rungpetcharat
Another contestant on The Face Thailand Season 3, Blossom also didn’t make it into one of the coveted top three spots. However prior to the show, Blossom had already wowed fans and won hearts as the first runner up in Thailand’s most prestigious trans pageant, Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2013.
2. Jiratchaya 'Mo' Shirmongkolnawin
The latest trans beauty to do Thailand proud, Mo won Miss Tiffany’s Universe last year and later won Miss International Queen, the international beauty pageant for transgender women where she represented Thailand. Before receiving her title Mo became famous for her brief appearance on the popular Thai singing show 'I can see your voice,' where she surprised the audience by singing with a masculine voice.
1. Treechada 'Poyd' Petcharat
After many years, Poyd remains as one of the most beautiful ladyboys in Thailand. She is the first transwoman that Thais will name and the idol of younger transpeople in the country. Poyd works regionally as an actress, and was named on a list of the 'most beautiful faces' in the world by US film magazine TC Candler.
[Infographic] 10 Ways To Spot A Ladyboy In Thailand