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Pattaya
By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Van from Japan does her makeup backstage as she prepares to compete with 20 other transgender women at 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

Contestants wait for their turn to talk with the Jury 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

Adriana Jya of Peru after talking with the Jury 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

A traditional costume from Peru during the national costume round at 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

Contestants wear traditional costumes with an innovative touch for the national costume round at 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

Contestants 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

A contestant gets ready backstage 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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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Contestants wait for their turn to talk with the Jury 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

A contestant gets ready 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

A contestant gets ready 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

Rafaela Manfrini of Brazil adds the finishing touches to her makeup backstage during the celebration of 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 of USA poses for the cameras after getting her makeup done. Jazell was crowned 'Miss International Queen 2019'.

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Pattaya
By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Contestants 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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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Do Nhat Ha from Vietnam during the national costume round at Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Q&A with Richard Pharon, Miss Lebanon...
Zalka
By Pamela Nabhan
21 Jan 2015

An interview with Richard Aoun, Saly Greige's (Miss Lebanon), answering questions concerning the selfie scandal that occurred when Miss Israel 'allegedly' 'photobombed' her.

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Miss Lebanon 2014 Saly Greige in London
London
By Pamela Nabhan
20 Jan 2015

Miss Lebanon celebrating Lebanese Independence Day in London

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Jounieh
By Pamela Nabhan
17 Oct 2014

Greige posing over the bay of Jounieh, Lebanon.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

For the last three years Nepal has been organizing Elephant Beauty Contest in December in Chitwan. On Dec 28, beautifully dressed up with colorful makeup, Pinky Kali, Prakriti Kali and Chitwan Kali walked on the ramp. A team of judges looked at their physical hygiene,body structures, their nails and dresses. The event seemed like any other beauty pageants however with elephants as the participants. Elephants' intelligence was also judged. Elephants perform catwalk, shake hands and greet as requested by the judges.

Chitwan Kali, an elephant from the Chitwan National Park won the award.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (10 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

"It didn't go as I expected," Aar said later, when back at home.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (9 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

The team of judges decided to give the beauty award to Chitwan Kali, an elephant from the Chitwan National Park. Aar's Pinki didn't receive any award this year. She and her owner returned home empty handed.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (8 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Aar is the man behind Pinki's beauty, Dec. 28, 2012, Chitwan. A team of judges looked at their physical hygiene,body structures, their nails and dresses.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (7 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Pinki at the main gate of the venue in Chitwan, Dec. 28, 2012. The event seemed like any other beauty pageants however with elephants as the participants.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (6 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Beautifully dressed up and with colourful makeup, the three finalists – Pinki Kali, Prakriti Kali and Chitwan Kali – walk on the ramp.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (5 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Pinki is the main source of income for Aar's family.
On Dec 28, beautifully dressed up with colorful makeup, Pinky Kali, Prakriti Kali and Chitwan Kali walked on the ramp.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (4 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Five elephants participated in the beauty pageant and Pinki is among the three picked for the final round.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (3 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Aar uses red, pink, green, blue and black colours to paint various symbols and signs on her body, Dec. 28, 2012, Chitwan. Aar and Dosh hope that Pinki will win the beauty contest.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (2 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Aar Mohammad (right), 20, and Dosh Mohammad, 24, paint Pinki on Dec. 28, 2012 in Chitwan. She was washed on the banks of the river Rapti early in the morning.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (1 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Pinki Kali, one of the participants at the elephant beauty contest, painted on Dec. 28, 2012 in Chitwan, Nepal. This was the third Elephant Beauty Contest held in Nepal.

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ELEPHANT BEAUTY CONTEST
Chitwan, Nepal
By Mais Istanbuli
27 Dec 2012

For the last three years Nepal has been organizing Elephant Beauty Contest in December in Chitwan. On Dec 28, beautifully dressed up with colorful makeup, Pinky Kali, Prakriti Kali and Chitwan Kali walked on the ramp. A team of judges looked at their physical hygiene,body structures, their nails and dresses. The event seemed like any other beauty pageants however with elephants as the participants. Elephants' intelligence was also judged. Elephants perform catwalk, shake hands and greet as requested by the judges.

Chitwan Kali, an elephant from the Chitwan National Park won the award.