A Thai business tycoon and transgender activist has bought “Miss Universe” for $20 million (€19 million) with the aim of making the organization more “inclusive” and also holding the famous pageant “more often in Thailand.” .

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“We would love to make the contest more international, of course, and we can hold it more often in Thailand, like they did in the US,” Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip, CEO of media and content conglomerate JKN, told a news conference in Bangkok today. Global Group, after adding “Miss Universe” to their company portfolio.

“We want to encourage the Thai government to support it, as a way to boost the economy and benefit from the tourism it generates,” said the businesswoman, who is also an activist for the rights of the transgender community in Thailand and has participated in competitions. reality TV in your country.

According to a statement from JKN Global Group on October 26, the company has acquired the rights to the Miss Universe pageant from New York-based IMG Worldwide LLC, a sports, talent and event marketing company, which is in charge of the pageant. since 2015, for 20 million dollars (19 million euros).

The acquisition, says the statement from JKN Global Group, in charge of making television shows in Thailand, “seeks to build on the legacy of more than 70 years of Miss Universe”, an “international and inclusive organization that celebrates women of all profiles, culture and tradition”.

Former US President Donald Trump co-owned the rights to the pageant from 1996 until IMG’s acquisition in 2015.

Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip now picks up the baton of ownership of a contest that has been held annually for 71 years, broadcast in more than 160 countries, with the aim of continuing to make it more “inclusive” and “diverse”, reads the statement from your company .

The businesswoman, who has established a US subsidiary, JKN Metaverse Inc., in order to acquire the Miss Universe Organization, is famous in Thailand, where she speaks openly about being a transgender woman and established a foundation to promote transgender rights. transsexuals, Life Inspired For Transsexual Foundation.

For her part, Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, assured by teleconference today at the press conference that “we are in very, very good hands.”

“We love you, thank you very much. Welcome to the family of the JKN universe”, concluded the Thai businesswoman.

With information from EFE.

LLH

Source: noticieros.televisa.com

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