Filipino Fushia Ann Ravena wins Thailand transgender pageant

Filipino Fushia Ann Ravena has become Miss International Queen 2022 in Thailand, billed as the world’s largest and most popular transgender pageant.

The 27-year-old business owner beat out 22 other contenders for the crown, with Colombia and France taking second and third places, respectively.

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“My first message to everyone is to spread love, peace and unity, because this is the most important thing we are doing at the moment and what is happening in the world right now,” said Fushia Ann Ravena, who wore a sparkly silver evening dress. dress.

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.

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.

Thailand has one of the most open and visible lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Asia, enhancing its image of tolerance and attractiveness as a liberal holiday destination for foreign tourists.

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.