The Miss International Queen Pageant Sashays Into Our Hearts

Miss International Queen Pageant

Last week, the city of Pattaya, Thailand, played host to the premiere pageant for transsexual and transgender women, the Miss International Queen Pageant. The rules state that you must have been born male to compete, but other than that, all bets are off. Now in it’s eighth year, the competition featured contestants from Brazil, Thailand, the Philippines, the U.S. and more. The winner? Kevin Balot of the Philippines, who took home $10,000 and a rather spectacular crown.

Let’s take a look at the contestants, shall we?

Miss International Queen Pageant

Contestants contemplate their chances of winning backstage.

Miss International Queen Pageant

Left: A contestant strikes a pose backstage. Right: Miss Brazil takes a snap of the chaos.

Miss International Queen Pageant

A girl’s got to get her lashes just right.

All photos courtesy Getty Images.

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