Biel Calderon, March 8 2011
Pattya, Thailand -- Jazell Barbie Royale from the USA was crowned 'Miss International Queen 2019' in Pattaya, Thailand, on March 8. This yearly event is considered as one of the world's biggest and most popular beauty pageant for transgender women.
20 contestants from around the world competed for the crown this year taking part in various rounds, including the national costume performance. Thailand's contestant Kanwara Kaewjin and Yaya of China were named first and second runner-up, respectively.
This well-known pageant was launched in 2014 as a platform for trans women to display their talent and to raise understanding and acceptance of transgender people.
While they all fiercely compete to win the title of Miss International Queen, the event also brings trans women together and offers them an opportunity to speak out for transgender equality. The contestants come from different backgrounds, but they all share similar stories of both discrimination and achievement over their identities.