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Jazell Barbie Royale of USA walks on stage during the swimwear round.

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07 Mar 2019

Isabella Maquilon of Ecuador poses for the camera after getting her makeup done.

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Nann Way Hnin from Myanmar gets her hair done as she prepares for the final round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Trixie Maristela, from the Philippines, does her makeup backstage. Trixie was crowned Miss International Queen in 2015.

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Pattaya
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Yaya (L) from China reacts after finalizing in the third position during Miss International 2019. In the background, the two other finalists, Jazell Barbie Royale from US (C) and Thailand's contestant Kanwara Kaewjin (R) wait for their result.

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Tiffany Coleman from Nicaragua gets ready backstage before jumping into the final round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Yaya from China puts her lipstick on as she prepares for the final round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Tiffany Coleman from Nicaragua gets ready backstage before jumping into the final round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Contestants walk on stage during the swimwear round.

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Contestants wait backstage before joining the swimwear round for Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Contestants wait for their turn backstage during the final round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Contestants run to get dressed for the next round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

Family, friends and contestant's staff follow on TV backstage the final round of the Miss International Queen 2019.

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Yaya from China during the national costume round.

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07 Mar 2019

Jazell Barbie Royale from US crowned Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

Tiffany Coleman from Nicaragua reacts after winning the national costume round.

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Isabella Maquilon of Ecuador takes a selfie backstage. Contestants use social media to share their experience with their family and friends.

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Indah Cheryl from Indonesia backstage.

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Jazell Barbie Royale of USA gives interviews to the press after winning the crown of Miss International Queen 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

Kanwara Kaewjin from Thailand was one of the finalists.

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07 Mar 2019

Isabella Maquilon of Ecuador gets ready backstage before jumping into the final round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

Jazell Barbie Royale of USA during the national costume round at Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019. Jazell was crowned 'Miss International Queen 2019'

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07 Mar 2019

Yaya (R) from China reacts after joining the two other finalists, Jazell Barbie Royale from US (L) and Thailand' contestant Kanwara Kaewjin.

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07 Mar 2019

The three finalists, Jazell Barbie Royale from US (L), Yaya (C) from China and Thailand's contestant Kanwara Kaewjin (R), wait to know who will be crowned as Miss International Queen 2018.

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07 Mar 2019

Jazell Barbie Royale from US reacts after winning the crown of Miss International Queen 2019. Yaya from China and Thailand's Kanwara Kaewjin, finished in third and second position, respectively.

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07 Mar 2019

Vietnam's Nguyen Huong Giang prays before jumping into the stage for the final round of the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019. Giang won the 2018 title and was crowned Miss International Queen.

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07 Mar 2019

Jazell Barbie Royale of USA walks on stage during the final round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

Contestants wait at the stage for the Jury's verdict for Miss International Queen 2019.

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Contestants wait for their turn backstage during the final round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

Jazell Barbie Royale from US reacts after winning the crown of Miss International Queen 2019. Yaya from China and Thailand's Kanwara Kaewjin, finished in third and second position, respectively.

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Jazell Barbie Royale from US is crowned by last year's winner Vietnam's Nguyen Huong Giang.

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Contestants wait for their turn backstage during the final round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

A contestant prays before joining the final round Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

Jazell Barbie Royale from US crowned Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

Angel Lama from Nepal waits backstage during Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

Kanwara Kaewjin of Thailand poses for the camera after getting her makeup done.

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07 Mar 2019

Contestants at backstage during the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Pattaya
By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

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.

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07 Mar 2019

Jazell Barbie Royale of USA poses for the camera after getting her makeup done. Jazell was crowned 'Miss International Queen 2019'

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Pattaya
By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

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.