Filipino Fuschia Anne Ravenna was crowned Miss International Queen 2022 on Saturday in a pageant in Thailand considered the largest and most popular in the world. transgender contest.
The 27-year-old company owner beat 22 more contestants for the crown, with second and third place for contestants from Colombia and France, respectively.
“My first message to everyone is to spread love, peace and unity, because that’s the most important thing we’re doing right now and what’s happening in the world right now,” said Ravenna, who wore a shine. payment. evening dress.
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He contestwhich was halted for nearly two years due to the pandemic, resumed in the Thai coastal city of Pattaya during Pride Month to also celebrate gender equality, said Alisa Phanthusak, CEO of Miss Tiffany Show, the organizer.
The contest, which brings together transgender people from around the world, was launched more than a decade ago to help transgender women feel more accepted by society.
Thailand has one of the most open and visible lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Asia, adding to its image of tolerance and attraction as a liberal holiday destination for foreign tourists.
But activists say Thai laws and institutions have not yet reflected changing social attitudes and still discriminate LGBT + people and same-sex couples.
(Written by Orathai Sriring Edition by Frank Jack Daniel)
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