Thai cabaret star finally returns to spotlight

STORY: This transgender cabaret star has finally returned to the spotlight in Thailand

after she turned to selling chicken rice to make ends meet during the global health crisis

Location: Pattaya, Thailand

(Peerapong ‘Bee’ Butakul, Cabaret performer)

“I haven’t performed for two to three years and finally get to do it, I’m so thrilled.”

When theaters were shut down, Bee began helping out at a food stall

where she learned to cook, serve and clean

“In the beginning, I really didn’t want to do it because I’ve never carried heavy stuff or worked under the hot sun before, but I had to because I had no choice. Eventually, I learnt to do everything bit by bit.”

But now she’s back to doing what she loves

“Today is the first day that I’m returning to work as a performer, but I still have to continue selling chicken rice because the Tiffany Show has not returned to a full performance program just yet, so after I finished performing at 9:30 p.m., I had to rush here (chicken rice stall) and work until 2 a.m. to gain more income.”