PH’s Trixie Maristela wins #MissInternationalQueen2015 in Thailand


Philippines’ bet, transgender Trixie Maristela, was crowned Miss International Queen 2015 held Friday at Pattaya City, Thailand.

Maristela bested 26 other contestants around the world, with Brazil and Thailand tailing as runner-ups.

Other transgender Filipinas Michelle Binas and Francine Garcia also made it to the top 10 cut.

Maristela is the second Filipina transgender to win the title after Kevin Balot in 2012.

Miss International Queen gathers the best of the best transgender women from all around the world in the most prestigious and largest beauty pageant since 2004.

Maristela also won Miss Gay Manila in May this year.

She was thrust into national limelight when she won “Eat Bulaga’s” Super Sireyna Philippines beauty pageant in 2014.




































PATTAYA, Thailand (Reuters) - Filipina Trixie Maristela was crowned Miss International Queen 2015 on Friday at a contest in Thailand billed as the world's largest transgender pageant.

The 29-year-old beat 26 other competitors for the coveted crown, with second and third place going to contestants from Brazil and Thailand respectively.

"I'm very thankful to be given this chance to win Miss International Queen which is a very prestigious pageant for transgenders like us," said Maristela who wore a glittering red and beige evening gown.

Thailand remains a largely conservative society, with no laws recognizing same-sex unions. But it has a prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, with many members playing leading roles in its entertainment industry.

"In other countries, like Thailand, transgenders are very well accepted. Not like in Japan," Japanese contestant Ryo Mizuno told Reuters before the show in the Thai beach town of Pattaya.

"Miss International Queen opens the door for everyone to accept transgender people."

Thailand's contestant, Sopida Siriwattanukoon, agreed. "Some other countries still find third gender women a laughing stock," she said. "We each have our own talent to offer."



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