Nong Toom – o ladyboy campeão de Muay Thai

Nong Toom

Parinya Kiatbusaba ou Parinya Jaroenphon (nascido em 9 de junho de 1981), mais popularmente conhecido como Nong Thoom, Nong Toom ou Nong Tum sem dúvida o mais conhecido kathoey (transgênero MtF Male to Female, de Macho para Fêmea ou gay afeminado) da Tailândia. Ela é um ex-campeão de Muay Thai (boxe tailandês) que também trabalhou como modelo e ator.

Desde criança, já estava ciente de sua identidade de gênero. Após um curto período como monge budista, começou a treinar boxe, e eventualmente se juntou a um acampamento de boxe em Chonburi. Seu objetivo era fazer dinheiro suficiente para sustentar os pais pobres e pagar uma operação de mudança de sexo.

Sua vida pública começou em fevereiro de 1998, com uma vitória no Estádio Lumpini de Boxe em Bangkok, o centro do mundo do boxe tailandês. O kathoey de 16 anos de idade usando maquiagem, ou “ladyboy”/”menino-moça”, chamou a atenção da mídia derrotando e beijando um oponente maior e mais musculoso.

Em 1999, Nong Toom causou considerável publicidade ao anunciar sua aposentadoria do kick boxe, com a intenção de se tornar cantora, e o plano de se submeter à cirurgia de mudança de sexo. Inicialmente, recusada por alguns dos cirurgiões voltou para Bangkok onde a cirurgia foi realizada em 1999 no Hospital Yanhee.

Sua história foi retratada, em 2003, no filme Beautiful Boxer. O filme ganhou vários prêmios nacionais e internacionais. Ela teve um papel de destaque em 2006 como super-herói do filme de ação Mercury Man, interpretando o personagem-título e demonstrando sua destreza kickboxing aos vilões. Também em 2006, apareceu como estrela convidada na série de televisão SBS “World Record Pizza” e “Rallarsving” (Suécia).

Em 31 de maio de 2008 Nong Toom teve uma luta contra a Pernilla Johansson em Rumble of the Kings, em Estocolmo, na Suécia e venceu na decisão. Em 2010, Nong Toom abre um ringue de boxe “Parinya Muay Thai” em Pranburi, Tailândia, que tem como sócio o ator e escritor Steven Khan.

Fonte: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parinya_Charoenphol

“O filme Beautiful Boxer é baseado na história real de Parinya Charoenphol, um boxeador Muay Thai que se submete a uma operação de mudança de sexo. O filme narra a vida de um garoto que gosta de usar batom e flores até a sua brilhante carreira como kickboxer, cuja especialidade são os movimentos de Muay Thai antigo que executa habilmente com graça e, finalmente, o seu confronto com sua própria sexualidade.” – Escrito por theunraveler Fonte: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401248/plotsummary

Parinya Kiatbusaba or Parinya Jaroenphon (born June 9, 1981), more popularly known as Nong Thoom, Nong Toom or Nong Tum (Thai: น้องตุ้ม ปริญญา เจริญผล), is arguably the best-known kathoey (male-to-female transgendered person) in Thailand. She is a former Muay Thai (Thai boxing) champion and has also worked as a model and actor.

As a child, she was already aware of her gender-identity. After a short period as a Buddhist monk, she started to train as a boxer, and eventually joined a boxing camp in Chonburi. Her goal was to make enough money to support her poor parents and to pay for a sex-change operation.

Her public life began in February 1998, with a victory in Bangkok’s Lumpini Boxing Stadium, the center of the Muay Thai world. The Thai media were understandably intrigued by the novelty and incongruity of a make-up wearing 16-year-old kathoey, or “lady boy”, defeating and then kissing a larger, more muscular opponent.

Although the Thai government had previously blocked kathoey athletes from participating in the national volleyball team for fear of negative reaction from the rest of the world, the Muay Thai establishment embraced Nong Toom, and tourism officials promoted her as “indicative of the wonders to be found” in Thailand. Perhaps not coincidentally, Muay Thai had been in a several-year slump at the time, and Nong Toom had greatly revitalized both media and public interest in the sport, as shown by increased ticket sales and stadium revenue.

She was profiled in several magazines, and appeared in many Thai music videos. Subsequently, her public profile began to fade, but her bouts with a foreigner, as well as her trip to Japan to fight a Japanese challenger, kept her face in the news. By fall of 1998, there was little coverage of Nong Toom to be found in either the mainstream or boxing media.

In 1999, Nong Toom caused considerable publicity by announcing her retirement from kick boxing, her intention to become a singer, and her plan to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Initially she was turned down by some of the Bangkok surgeons she turned to, but then the surgery was performed in 1999 at the Yanhee Hospital.

Her story is related in the 2003 film Beautiful Boxer in which she was portrayed by real-life male kickboxer Asanee Suwan. The film won several national and international awards, yet opened to limited success in Thailand. She came to United States theatres in 2005. The film’s director, Ekachai Uekorngtham, also wrote the solo performance Boxing Cabaret for Nong Toom which she performed in the summer of 2005 at the Singapore Arts Festival and later in Bangkok.

Nong Toom’s life as a ladyboy is also part of the book Ladyboys: The Secret World of Thailand’s Third Gender by Maverick House Publishers.

Her story was also included in Julina Khusaini’s National Geographic documentary Hidden Genders (2003).

On February 26, 2006, Nong Tum made a comeback as boxer. She fought an exhibition match for Fairtex Gym’s new Pattaya branch, re-dubbed Nong Toom Fairtex Gym, by fighting a 140-pound contest against Japan’s Kenshiro Lookchaomaekhemthong. Nong Toom won by unanimous decision after the three-round fight, leaving her rival with a cut near his eye from an elbow in the last round.

Nong Toom was planning another exhibition bout for sometime in 2006 with a female boxer Lucia Rijker, who portrayed the lethal “Blue Bear” in the film Million Dollar Baby.

She had a prominent role in the 2006 superhero film-action film Mercury Man, playing the title character’s transgendered sibling and demonstrating her kickboxing prowess on the villains. In 2006, she appeared as a guest star on SBS television series “World Record Pizza” and Rallarsving (Sweden).

On May 31, 2008 Nong Toom had a fight against Pernilla Johansson at Rumble of the Kings in Stockholm, Sweden and won by decision. In 2010, Nong Toom will open a boxing camp “Parinya Muay Thai” in Pranburi, Thailand which she will co-own and run with American actor/writer Steven Khan.

“Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol, a Muaythai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. The movie chronicles her life from a young boy who likes to wear lipstick and wear flowers to her sensational career as kickboxer whose specialty is ancient Muaythai boxing moves which she can execute expertly with grace and finally her confrontation with her own sexuality which led to her sex change.”  – Written by theunraveler

“Based on the true life story of a Thai who wishes to have a sex change operation to become a woman. to pay for this he enters the brutal world of Thai boxing, un-nerving his opponents by performing a makeup application ritual before each fight.” – Written by dsb

Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401248/plotsummary

the movie tralier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6orM84owB7M

another doc about Nong Toom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IuEAP_6CJU&feature=related

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