By Joe Sheppard For Mailonline. The winner of the world's largest and most prestigious beauty pageant for transgender women has finally been crowned after the competition was postponed as the host country Thailand mourned the death of its monarch. The contest was originally scheduled for November but had been delayed as part of a national month of mourning after King Bhumibol Adulyadej died in October.
Ms Royale buried her face in her hands, spread her arms in victory and welled up with tears when news of the victory was announced in the seaside city of Pattaya. The community leader and HIV activist edged out 19 other candidates from around the world including Brazil, Peru and several Asian countries. She said she hoped her triumph inspired other people of colour around the world who might say "if she can do it, I'm coming to Miss International Queen next year and I'm going to compete".
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Like many other contestants at the Miss Universe beauty pageant, Angela Ponce grew up watching the glitzy spectacle on television, dreaming of representing her country one day. This year, her wish has come true, with Ponce making history as the first transgender contestant in the pageant's year history. I'm showing that trans women can be whatever they want," said Ponce, who was crowned Miss Spain earlier this year. The Miss Universe Organization, which owns the beauty pageant, lifted a ban on transgender contestants in
The world's largest transgender beauty pageant took place last week. The Miss International Queen competition launched 11 years ago in Pattaya City, Thailand, to help transgender women feel more accepted by society. Twenty-seven contestants from 17 countries strutted across stage in skimpy bathing suits, evening wear, and elaborate costumes inspired by their countries of origin.
It is held annually in Pattaya CityThailand since The contestants must have been born male, can be pre- or post-operation and between the ages of 18 to Previous winners or runner-up contestants are not allowed to join again.
A significant number of Thais perceive kathoey as belonging to a third sex, including some transgender women themselves. The word kathoey is of Khmer origin. Although kathoey is often translated as ' transgender woman ' in English, this term is not used frequently in Thailand.
Vietnam's Nguyen Huong Giang was crowned "Miss International Queen" in Thailand on Friday at one of the world's top beauty pageants for transgender women. The red-dressed winner fended off 26 competitors, from countries spanning Mongolia to Mexico, to clinch the coveted crown in the seaside town of Pattaya, where the popular contest has been running since While the competition is fierce, contestants say the pageant also offers an opportunity for camaraderie among trans women who hail from different backgrounds but share similar stories of discrimination back home. Thailand's relatively open-minded attitude on LGBT issues also offers a refuge for contestants who hail from less tolerant countries, including neighbouring Myanmar.
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The year-old beat 24 other contestants for the crown, with the second and third place going to contestants from Brazil and Venezuela, respectively. The pageant, which brings together transgender people from around the world, was launched over a decade ago to help transgender women feel more accepted by society. Like other beauty pageants, contestants paraded in national costumes, evening gowns and swimsuits. Thailand remains a largely conservative society, with no laws recognizing same-sex unions though it has a prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.