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18 Photos From The World's Premier Transgender Beauty Pageant

The annual Miss International Queen beauty pageant uses feathers, dance numbers, and plenty of sparkles to celebrate the beauty and talents of transgender and transsexual people.

1. On Friday, the 8th annual Miss International Queen beauty pageant was held in Pattaya, Thailand.

2. It's a weeklong event.

3. Contestants came to compete from all over the world, including the Philippines.

4. And Brazil.


6. The U.S.


8. Japan.

9. And of course, the host country, Thailand.

10. Contestants showed off their international costumes.

11. There was a talent competition.




15. Miss Japan won the talent competition.

16. Miss Guam and Miss Angola were runners-up.

17. The 2011 winner, Sirapassorn "Sammy" Atthayakorn from Thailand, stopped by to mingle — possibly also Instagram — with the contestants.

18. Kevin Balot, from the Philippines, was crowned the winner.