JKN said it acquired the rights to the Miss Universe pageant from IMG Worldwide LLC, the sports, talent and event marketing company that has hosted the Miss Universe Organization since 2015. Former US President Donald Trump was a partial owner of the pageant rights from 1996 until the IMG Purchase.
Thai transgender activist Anne Jakrayuthip has bought the Miss Universe brand for A$31 million. Source: Twitter
JKN said it has established a subsidiary in the United States, JKN Metaverse Inc, to own the Miss Universe Organization. According to IMG, the Miss Universe pageant is broadcast in 165 countries.
While Thailand enjoys a positive international reputation when it comes to the rights and lifestyles of the LGBTQ community, the lack of a legal gender reassignment procedure for transgender people, combined with insufficient legal protections and social stigma, limits transgender people’s access to services and exposes them to daily abuse, it said. in a report last year by the New York-based Human Rights Watch.