The beauty pageant that's open only to transgender women

The Beauty Pageant That's Open Only to Transgender Women
The Beauty Pageant That's Open Only to Transgender Women


Miss America, Miss Universe, Miss International ... Miss International Queen? It's probably not the type of beauty pageant you're imagining, and it's taking place Nov. 6.

This pageant has at least one characteristic that sets it apart from the others — it's a beauty competition dedicated to transgender women. In fact, the organization advertises itself as "the world's most prestigious and largest transgender women beauty pageant."

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The competition, which is in its 11th year, is in Thailand. In order to qualify, there are some pretty stringent rules for contestants. For example, they have to be natural born males between the ages of 18 and 36.

Last year, Venezuelan contestant, Isabella Santiago, won the competition after going up against 21 other contestants. It was also her first public appearance as a transgender woman.

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And if you're wondering if the competition bears any semblance to the more mainstream competitions, like Miss Universe, it does. The pageant's guidelines advise contestants to bring several different contest outfits, including a nationality themed costume, swim suit, evening gown and talent outfit.

If you want to check out the competition, tune in to the live stream found on the Miss International Queen Facebook page.

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