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?
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