The 27-year-old business owner beat out 22 other contenders for the crown, with Colombia and France taking second and third places, respectively.
The pageant, which was suspended for almost two years due to the pandemic, has resumed in the Thai seaside city of Pattaya during Pride Month to also celebrate gender equality, said Alice Fantusak, CEO of Miss Tiffany Show, the organizer.
Filipina Fuchia Ann Ravena (center) kisses first runner-up Jasmine Jimenez (left) of Colombia and second runner-up Ela Chanel of France at the Miss International Queen 2022 transgender beauty pageant. Source: A MONKEY / SOPA/Sipa US images
The competition, which involves transgender people from all over the world, was launched over a decade ago to help transgender women feel more accepted in society.
But activists say Thai laws and institutions have yet to reflect changing social attitudes and continue to discriminate against LGBTIQ+ people and same-sex couples.