At the Tiffany’s Show Theatre in Pattaya Friday night, a Filipino transgender was crowned the eighth Miss International Queen, according to the Miss International Queen 2012 Facebook page Nov. 2.
A 21-year-old transgender, Kevin Balot, beat out 20 other contestants from 15 countries, in the annual competition for transsexuals.
Friday night, in the land of the lady-boy, Balot said, “Someday I want to go to Europe and to represent my country the Philippines. So I’m so proud to present the beauty of the gays back to our country, the Philippines” according to an ABS-CBN video report.
“I’m very proud to be the first here, and I hope my dad will accept me. Because in the family I’m the only boy, and my dad has big expectations of me. I made it. I won the International Queen Pageant, and I believe that my dad will accept me not only as his son but also as his daughter.”
In addition to winning the crown, Balot also received the award for “Most Photogenic”.
Four contestants represented the Philippines Friday and two others made it into the Top 10- Michelle Montecarlo and Miriam Jimenez.
Some of the objectives of the pageant are to offer an international competition for transgender/transsexual from across the globe, to foster more acceptances and to create human rights awareness, according to Miss International Queen website.
To compete in the transgender competition, contestants must provide proof of being a naturally born genetic male.
Balot has participated in three transvestite pageants in the Philippines but competed abroad for the first time in the Miss International Queen contest.
According to the official website, the prize for the winner of the contest is $10,000, a trophy and some other prizes, and “memories to last a lifetime”.