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Although on the face of it the Miss International Queen appears to be just like any other beauty pageant with beauties parading around in gowns, swim suits and national dress with the winner spending twelve months engaging in charity and promotional duties, there is one major difference, all of the contestants in this beauty competition are transgender women and one of the top prizes for the winner is cosmetic surgery, if of course she wants it.
The world’s largest transgender pageant hits the stage in Thailand for its 10th anniversary this year, there was press conference last week and the final of this event, aimed at building international awareness of transgender rights will take place at the Tiffany’s Show Theatre in Pattaya on November 7th. This truly international show includes 25 finalists from 21 different countries.
Contestants in Miss International Queen can be pre- or post-operation transgender, but must have been born biologically male. Candidates are competing for a top prize that includes US$12,500, and any surgery they wish to have, be it gender reassignment, or other cosmetic surgery.
Having surgery as the grand prize sounds a bit like those guys who get their wife a boob job for Christmas, but there’s no pretence that this contest is about inner beauty. And in its acceptance of that fact, Miss International Queen actually somehow comes off looking more honest than other, more conventional women’s beauty pageants.