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Filipino transgender woman takes the crown at Pattaya pageant

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A Filipino transgender woman claimed the crown at a world-renowned beauty pageant in Pattaya yesterday. Contestants from Columbia and France finished in the runners up places. Altogether, 23 transgender women competed for the title.

The newly crowned Miss International Queen, 27 year old Fuschia Anne Ravena, dazzled the crowd in her glittery silver dress, which the bejewelled silver crown matched well with. Fuscia looked emotional in photos from Filipino media. The photos show her on the verge of tears with her hands together in a praying motion, as the crown was placed on her head. Fuscia is normally a business owner by day, but yesterday, she was a princess.

The contest is known as the biggest and most famous transgender beauty pageant across the globe. The pageant works to bring together transgender people from around the world, and help them feel more accepted by society.

The pageant hadn’t been held in almost 2 years due to Covid-19 restrictions, so Fuscia’s win marks the pageant’s return. Upon accepting the crown, Fuscia made a statement on what the world needs right now…

“My first message to everyone is to spread love and peace and unity because that is the most important thing that we do as of the moment and what’s happening in the world right now.”

The pageant has been held this month as June is officially Pride month around the wyearsorld. In Thailand, Bangkok held its first Pride Parade in 16 years. Even though Thailand is known as a mecca of LGBTQ+ acceptance, members of the community still face discrimination due to conservative values in Thai society. Bangkok’s Pride organisers aimed to highlight this. Events like Miss International Queen are also helping promote acceptance towards everyone.

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SOURCE: Reuters

 

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A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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