bielcalderon Biel Calderon

Biel Calderon is a multimedia producer with 9+ years of experience in the field of audiovisual communication and journalism. Former regional video producer for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, he’s currently working as an independent filmmaker, photographer and multimedia journalist based in Bangkok and available for short and long form projects.

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The diversity and resilience of refug...
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
29 Jun 2019

A series of portraits to explore the diversity of asylum seekers and refugees living in Bangkok. They all are volunteering for different nonprofit organizations, where they help other refugees in Bangkok to cope with their everyday challenges and barriers. Despite their difficulties, they prefer to focus on their strengths and resources rather than their victimhood.

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A glimpse of Thailand's homemade rock...
Pho Thong, Roi Et
By Biel Calderon
15 Jun 2019

The Bun Fang Fai rocket festival is a yearly Buddhist merit-making ceremony traditionally practiced by the ethnic Lao people from Laos and Isaan, the northeast region of Thailand. Every year from May to June, locals gather to launch over 3 meters long hand-crafted rockets into the air to celebrate the start of the rainy season and to earn merit in the Buddhist tradition. Traditionally, rockets were launched as a prayer to the god of rain, Phaya Thaen, and goddess of rice, Phra Mae, asking for favorable rains during the planting season. The rockets are made out of PVC plastic pipes and bamboo and can reach altitudes of over 5 km and distances of 10 km. Each rocket weighs over 100 kg, with 95 kg of gunpowder and 1.5 kg of wood ashes, including the 5 kg of the PVC pipe. I followed the rocket-building team called Mahathep as they participated in the rocket launching competition of Pho Thong village, Roi Et province, held last Sunday 16 of June. 50 years ago, Monk Kumpha, who passed away in 2009, founded the team to represent the Pho Si Thong temple during the Bun Bang Fai rocket ceremonies. The main team is currently formed by seven members, including a monk. For this year festival, they were hired by different people who wanted to fulfill their prayers and also received funding from the local government to build the rockets for the competition. For this year festival, 34 hand-crafted rockets were launched, with 10 of these built by the teams from the Pho Si Thong temple. The Mahathep team finished in the third position with 410 points (410 seconds in the air). The Somwang rocket-building team won this year Bun Bang Fai rocket competition with the longest time in the air, 470 seconds.

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A glimpse of the world's biggest tran...
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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Trump-Kim craze in Hanoi.
Hanoi
By Biel Calderon
28 Feb 2019

The second summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea chairman Kim Jong-un has brought to the city of Hanoi heavy traffic, security cordons, and bustle. However, the residents of the capital of Vietnam have welcomed the distinguished guests with great diplomacy and, in many cases, with joy and very peculiar demonstrations of admiration.

A barbershop that offers free haircuts that re-create Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un characteristic hairdos, artists drawing paintings of both leaders and shops selling T-shirts with Kim's and Trump's faces on.

The summit has brought many things to the city but also craze for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

“When I heard Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un would meet in Hanoi, I knew I had to do something to welcome them, to celebrate the summit. We [Vietnamese] celebrate peace,” says Le Tuan Duong, the owner of Tuan Duong Beauty Academy in Hanoi. The barber is offering free haircuts that re-create Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un characteristic hairdos.

However, in the ranking of popularity, Trump is winning by a landslide in this barbershop. Students from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology visited the hair salon, and 20 out of 21 classmates chose Trump’s style haircut. Only Thinh decided to go for Kim's hairstyle. "I chose Kim Jong-un's haircut because it's spectacular. I decided to have it without considering if it's suitable for me because I agreed with my friend that he would be Trump and I would be Kim. He is the one who decided and I accepted", he says.

His friend Duc is a big fan of Trump and without any doubt went for his hairdo. "I like Donald Trump because he is rich, that's why I want his haircut and because it looks better on me than Kim's. Trump is very powerful and rich. I have a girlfriend but didn't tell her about my idea, I think she will just accept it and not say anything", he says.

Those who choose Trump’s style share similar admiration for the U.S. leader: power, money, and self-assurance.

Binh Tran Lam, a 37 years-old artist, focuses his reverence for Donald Trump in other aspects. He finds inspiration in his physical appearance, like his eyes and gestures. The artist draws Trump and Kim paintings in his cafe-studio in Hanoi.

"We managed to exhibit some of the paintings a year ago in Washington, in front of the White House. Those are not for sale because they are paintings that I draw from the bottom of my heart and not for money. I feel a deep affection for Trump, I'm inspired by his directness and the way he expresses his opinions. He doesn't care what other people think," says the artist.

He started working on Kim's paintings when he learned about the summit, but his admiration for the North Korean leader came before. "Kim is smart, tough and brave for agreeing to meet with Trump. He's a living masterpiece," he adds.

But there's one place in Hanoi where the arrival of Kim Jong-un makes them especially happy: the Vietnam-North Korea Friendship kindergarten.

The kindergarten, a gift from Pyongyang, was built in 1978, three years after the end of the Vietnam War. It is now one of the most prestigious kindergartens in the city of Hanoi, with 450 pupils and 17 classrooms, including one named after Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s founding father and grandfather of Kim Jong-un.

Pupils at the kindergarten learn about North Korea, its culture and traditions, as well some basic words in Korean; and teachers participate in exchange programs with schools in Pyongyang during a few weeks a year.

Since they learn about the summit, children and teachers have been practicing different performances and decorated their classrooms, hoping to see and please with their shows the North Korean leader when he arrives in Hanoi.

"We’re always ready to welcome Kim Jong-un in Vietnam. We really want Kim Jong-un to visit the school. The children learn how to say hello, goodbye and welcome. We teach the kids about North Korean culture," says Thao, a teacher at the kindergarten.

But there are others who weren't such a big fan of the North Korean leader. Truong Thanh Duc, the owner of a T-shirt business in Hanoi where he sells T-shirts with Donald Trump's and Kim Jong-Un's faces on, hasn't ever been very enthusiastic with Kim’s policies.

However, Duc thinks that Kim Jong-un is changing his attitude and becoming more benevolent, and that’s why he decided to include him in his brand-new T-shirts collection. "I admire Donald Trump, he's a great man. But Kim also has to be recognized, both are contributing to bringing peace to the region," says Duc.

Duc, who opened his business around 20 years ago, has sold more than 400 of his novelty T-shirts, wants, above all else, peace. "I want to celebrate with these T-shirts the peace that this meeting will bring. We don’t want a nuclear war," he adds.

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Makha Bucha celebrations at the Templ...
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
19 Feb 2019

Makha Bucha is a Buddhist holiday celebrated in Thailand each year on the full moon of the third lunar month. On this day, celebrated in temples (Wat) nationwide, Buddhists gather to show respect for Buddha and take part in merit-making activities. The spiritual aims of this day are to do only good, abstain from all sins and purify one's mind. Followers take part in different religious activities, such as listen to sermons, pray, meditate and provide monks with food and other offerings. One of the most well-known rituals on this day is the candlelight procession, where devotees walk around the temple three times. This religious celebration commemorates the day when Buddha ordained 1,250 monks and delivered pivotal sections of his teachings. This event is widely recognized as the beginning of the spread of the principles of Buddhism, a key day in the development of the religion.

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No more distress.
General Santos
By Biel Calderon
11 Sep 2018

Tracing seafood brings relief to fishing communities. Markets are increasingly demanding to know where the fish they buy comes from. As a result, big fishing vessels, but also smaller boats, are now installing systems to track where the fish is caught and register the data. But for the families of the fishermen that use this system, traceability has a different meaning: the relief to be in contact with their loved ones all the time. Thus, some of these systems allow families to track where the vessel is at every moment and to communicate with their husbands and sons, while before they had to wait for weeks until they reach a port to hear news from them. We spent a few days with several fishermen who are installing this system in their boats with the help of USAID in General Santos, the center of the tuna industry in the Philippines, and we talked with them about how it has changed their lives. We also talked to representatives of the industry and of FAME, the Filipino company that has developed the system.

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Catching more plastic than fish in th...
navotas
By Biel Calderon
12 Sep 2018

Plastic pollution is choking the world's oceans. Every year, around 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans (UNEP). But this is causing problems not only in far-distant waters, affected by the so-called plastic soup, but also in the small-scale communities that fish near the shore. In Navotas, a fishing community in the Manila Bay, in the Philippines, fishermen have seen a drastic drop in their catches after a dumpsite was opened in 2013 in a coastal area nearby. Today their community is also filled with the trash coming from the dumpsite and most of the fish have disappeared. Their livelihoods are also threatened by other climate change related events, such as the increasing number of storms, as well as the competence from industrial fishing boats. We spent a day with the community, documenting how the trash is affecting them and talked to several fishermen about how their catches have been reduced and how this is affecting their livelihoods. We also talked to a representative of the fishermen in the Philippines and activists from Greenpeace.

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Chinese opera struggles to survive ne...
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

Lao Sa Jia Sung, an itinerant Thai-Chinese opera troupe, has been performing Teochew Opera, an slight variation of Chinese Opera, since the mid 60’s. Some of them are part of the troupe since the early beginnings of the company.

Traditional Chinese opera is one of the oldest performing arts in the world. The opera dates back to China's early history with its importance ramping up in the 13th century during the Song Dynasty. This ancient art combines drama, music, literature along with acrobatics and martial arts.

It is hardly seen on stage in Thailand in the 21st century, except during the Vegetarian Festival, the Chinese New Year and other holiday periods, always around Chinese temples and shrines. Modern forms of entertainment, like TV Soap Operas and the Internet, are widely established within Thai society, thus it is very difficult for traditional opera groups to attract new public. Despite the difficulties in gaining new audience and, therefore, funding, Chinese opera resists disappearing and keeps performing in the Southeast Asian country.

Lao Sa Jia Sung recently performed during the eleven days of the Vegetarian Festival at the Chinese Jing Sia Ma shrine in the heart of Bangkok's Chinatown. The team, consisting of about 30 members, delivers a delightful daily show for its mostly Thai-Chinese audience, combining literature, theatre and musical performance, with plenty of old fashioned entertainment. They spend most of the time together, working full time for the company.
Performers spend several hours a day applying makeup backstage and getting into character. "With our commitment with this performing art, there is no room for tiredness", one of the performers says. They need to be physically and mentally ready since each performance lasts for about five hours.

Now, they are on the road again. The troupe will now travel around Malaysia for the next six months. They will come back to Thailand after the Malaysian tour. Despite their difficulties, the members of Lao Sa Jia Sung show strong enthusiasm and fight to keep alive this ancestral form of Chinese art and entertainment. As one of the performers stresses, “It's our way of life.”

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Racing buffaloes in Thailand
Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
06 Oct 2014

Chonburi, Thailand

Spectators eagerly await the race as enthusiastic emcees cheer over loudspeakers. Meanwhile, jockeys prepare their powerful water buffaloes to run the 100-meter soil track ahead.
Clouds of dust erupt as the large animals and their riders stampede towards the finishing line, while the crowd roars in support of their favorites. For the jockeys, controlling a water buffalo requires great skill and strength; getting thrown off the back of the buffalo could cause serious bodily harm.

Every year, hundreds of farmers travel with their large beasts from different parts of Thailand to Chonburi province, 90 kilometers away from the capital Bangkok, to take part in the traditional "Buffalo Racing Festival". This cultural event pays tribute to the hard working farm animals, which are greatly valued in this Southeast Asian country.

The contest, one of the best-known festivals in Thailand, has been celebrated for 140 years. Legend has it that Thai farmers from the countryside descended to Chonburi city to trade their agricultural products, and the event originated to settle an argument over who had the fastest buffalo in town.

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ELLE Fashion Week Thailand
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
11 Oct 2014

'Elle Fashion Week', the most popular fashion event in Thailand, is celebrated in Bangkok every year. The show organised by Elle features Thailand's most famous designers and worldwide top models. The Fashion Week offers a glimpse into new fashion trends to come, but it is also an opportunity for Thai high-society to show their finest, and also their extravagance and glitz.

Runway shows meld with scenes of Thai socialites enjoying the show business atmosphere of the weekend. Cameras will keep rolling after every show. Snapshots of the attendants will flood social network sites specialized in the fashion industry.

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Sonar 2014, the 21st edition of the I...
Barcelona
By Biel Calderon
08 Jul 2014

The 21st edition of SONAR the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art was held in Barcelona from June 12 to June 14, 2014. Thousands of people flocked to Barcelona for three days of music performances, workshops, technology showcases and, of course, a lot of partying.

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Sanya: China's Hawaii
By Biel Calderon
25 Mar 2014

Sanya is the only tropical beach destination in China. It is located at South of the tropical island of Hainan, on the coast on the South China Sea. This tropical destination has become the favorite beach paradise for many Chinese looking to enjoy the sun, coconuts, good vibes and Hawaiian shirts.

As the country industrializes, tourism will become one of its primary and fastest growing economic sectors. The emergence of a newly wealthy middle class and an easing of restrictions on movement by the Chinese authorities are both fueling this travel boom. Therefore, nowadays China has become one of the world's top destinations. According to the WTO, in 2020, China is expected to become the world's most visited country by 2020.

In the past few years, the Chinese government has strongly promoted the Hainan Island as a world-class beach destination in an attempt to compete with other very popular touristic destinations like Indonesia and Thailand. In the year 2011, more than 30 million tourists, mostly from mainland China,
visited Hainan.

Unlike Europe, the United States, Central and South American, Australia and even Asian countries like Thailand, the beach culture in China is nearly undeveloped. Therefore, Hainan has developed a unique feel-good beach culture with an informal uniform of Hawaiian and duck floatation devices, a sight sure to make anyone smile.

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Khlong Bang Prathun
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
12 Feb 2014

Bangkok used to be called the Venice of Asia because of the canal of its many canals. Today, many of the waterways have been filled but canals are still a way of living in some parts of the city. Pollution is however putting into risk these communities. One of them, the Khlong Bang Prathun, is trying to clean the water polluted by local factories with the so-called garbaged enzyme, a environmentally friendly preparation made from organic leftovers and sugar.

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An alternative clinic against the haz...
Rayong, Thailand.
By Biel Calderon
12 Feb 2014

Map Ta Phut industrial park opened its doors in 1989 (2014 marks its 25th anniversary). Today it hosts 147 factories, mainly petrochemical plants, oil refineries, coal-fired power stations, iron and steel facilities. Most of them have been emitting voluminous amounts of pollutants, including hazardous substances, into the air and the population suffers from illnesses such as cancer or allergies. Several reports have pointed out the high rates of benzene and other carcinogenic substances in the blood and urine tests of the residents from the 30 communities surrounding the Map Ta Phut municipality. In 2009, following a lawsuit from villagers of the Map Ta Phut region, a court suspended 76 industrial projects due to their failure to conduct health impact assessments, but most of them are still running on today. In May 2012, 12 people were killed and 129 injured after the explosion of a tank containing toluene at the Bangkok Synthethics petrochemical factory in Map Ta Phut. In August 2013, an oil leak contaminated the touristic island of Koh Samet, a few kilometers from Map Ta Phut.

In her “Health Farm”, Dr. Rosukon uses a mixture of different alternative medicines, including healthy food, enzymes, yoga and acupuncture, among others. For cancer and other severe diseases, she uses an "urgent detox treatment" in which patients just drink juice fruits prepared by her and a fruit enzyme, made from the fermentation of fruits and honey, for a few days. She claims that some cases of cancer and severe allergies are produced by problems on the excretory system, often because they are exposed to too many harmful substances. The enzyme helps the system to work properly again. After the first treatment, patients follow a strict diet, mostly vegetarian, with daily exercise and a big intake of water and her fruit juices.

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The struggle of immigrant single-moth...
Bangkok, Thailand.
By Biel Calderon
10 Jun 2013

The iconic image of refugees that we usually have in mind is a row of tents in a sprawling emergency camp. But reality tells us that refugees are increasingly moving to large towns and cities. More than over half the world’s refugees live in large towns and cities where they suffer from harsh living conditions, with a lack of security and an increasing poverty.

Thailand is a hot spot for urban refugees. One of the reasons why the number keeps increasing is the relative easinness to enter the country. But the conditions of life awaiting them are far from the idilic idea that some displaced people may build in their minds. Urban refugees in Thailand face a harsh reality, without any legal right to work and a lack of access to basic services, such as healthcare and education.

Bangkok hosts around 2,600 refugees and asylum seekers from more than 40 countries. They hope to find a sense of community, safety and economic independence, but what they find is fear of detention and deportation, exploitation and abuse.

Among them, we find a specially vulnerable group: single-mother refugees who came to Thailand either with their family or alone. They are often denied the necessary legal rights to participate in the mainstream economy and are thus pushed underground, into informal jobs. There, they face extortion, exploitation, abuse (risk of sexual and gender-based violence) and arrest.

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Female monks in Thailand
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Women in Thailand cannot be ordained buddhist monks. However, Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, 68, is determined to reverse this unfair tradition. In 2000, she left her life as professor in a renowned Thai university and traveled to Taiwan to receive the bodhisattva's precept. Three years later, she was ordained a full bhikkhuni, the word for female Buddhist monks, in Sri Lanka.

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Mook, the Teen Thai Weightlifter
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
17 May 2013

Mook, 17, never fathomed any other way of life, an existence outside the rice fields and subsistence farming. Having lost her mother at the age of 9, she moved to Surin, one of the poorest provinces in Thailand, to live with her father's family. From then on, she was made to work in the fields, clean the house and look after her younger cousins. At 12, a friend of the family noticed her strong build and suggested she earn her way by weightlifting - which is just what she did. Before long, she had secured a scholarship from the National Youth Team in Bangkok and began a new life. Now she receives a small salary and has a safe place to stay while she pursues her high school studies. Many children and young people from poor families in Thailand are sent to this kind of program where they get a chance to study and earn a little discretionary income. Most of them choose traditional boxing, Muay Thai, but as several female Thai athletes have begun winning Olympic weightlifting medals, the sport has become more popular.

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

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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

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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Pattaya
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07 Mar 2019

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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07 Mar 2019

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

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07 Mar 2019

Kanwara Kaewjin from Thailand was one of the finalists.

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Pattaya
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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

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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Pattaya
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07 Mar 2019

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

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Pattaya
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07 Mar 2019

Yaya from China during the national costume round.

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Pattaya
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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

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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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

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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Pattaya
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07 Mar 2019

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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Pattaya
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07 Mar 2019

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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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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Pattaya
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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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Pattaya
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07 Mar 2019

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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Pattaya
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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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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 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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Pattaya
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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

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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Pattaya
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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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Pattaya
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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

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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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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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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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