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Panvilas Mongkol, a contestant from Thailand, waits for the start of the final night of Miss International Queen 2012 transgender/transsexual beauty pageant in Pattaya November 2, 2012. Some 21 contestants from 15 countries, all of them born male, compete in the week-long event for the crown of Miss International Queen 2012

The 8th annual Miss International Queen beauty pageant was held in Pattaya in Thailand. The twenty-one contestants from fifteen countries were all born male, so the Miss International Queen 2012 pageant is not an average beauty pageant.

Photo: Panvilas Mongkol, a contestant from Thailand, waits for the start of the final night of Miss International Queen 2012 transgender/transsexual beauty pageant in Pattaya November 2, 2012. Some 21 contestants from 15 countries, all of them born male, compete in the week-long event for the crown of Miss International Queen 2012. (Photo by Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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04 Nov 2012 09:59:00
Holocaust survivors are seen backstage during a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, November 24, 2015. Thirteen women took part in the third annual beauty contest for Holocaust survivors in Israel on Tuesday. (Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters)

Holocaust survivors are seen backstage during a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, November 24, 2015. Thirteen women took part in the third annual beauty contest for Holocaust survivors in Israel on Tuesday. (Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters)
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27 Nov 2015 05:41:00
Isabella Santiago of Venezuela (C) is kissed by runner-ups after she was crowned Miss International Queen 2014 at the transgender/transsexual beauty pageant in Pattaya November 7, 2014. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

Isabella Santiago of Venezuela (C) is kissed by runner-ups after she was crowned Miss International Queen 2014 at the transgender/transsexual beauty pageant in Pattaya November 7, 2014. Some 22 contestants from 18 countries, all born male, competed in the week-long event for the crown of Miss International Queen. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
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08 Nov 2014 13:24:00
Female soldiers of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic hold flowers backstage during a beauty pageant to mark International Women's Day in Donetsk, March 7, 2015. (Photo by Marko Djurica/Reuters)

Female soldiers of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic hold flowers backstage during a beauty pageant to mark International Women's Day in Donetsk, March 7, 2015. (Photo by Marko Djurica/Reuters)
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14 Mar 2015 13:54:00
Miss Venezuela Edymar Martinez poses during the swimsuit contest during the Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo on November 5, 2015. (Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP Photo)

Miss Venezuela Edymar Martinez poses during the swimsuit contest during the Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo on November 5, 2015. Martinez won the Miss International title. Representatives of 70 countries and regions from all over the world took part in the annual beauty contest. (Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP Photo)
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08 Nov 2015 08:03:00
A tattoo of a weapon covers the arm of a female inmate waiting to compete in the annual beauty contest at Talavera Bruce penitentiary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Thursday, November 23, 2017. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)

A tattoo of a weapon covers the arm of a female inmate waiting to compete in the annual beauty contest at Talavera Bruce penitentiary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Thursday, November 23, 2017. Jail authorities say they organize the annual contest to encourage self-esteem, fight idleness and promote integration among women prisoners. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)
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25 Nov 2017 07:57:00
Contestants prepare to go on stage during the Miss International Queen 2015 transgender/transsexual beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand, November 6, 2015. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

Contestants prepare to go on stage during the Miss International Queen 2015 transgender/transsexual beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand, November 6, 2015. Some 27 contestants from 17 countries, all born male, are competing in the week-long event for the crown of Miss International Queen. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
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09 Nov 2015 08:05:00
Contestant of the Muslimah World 2013, Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola (C) of Nigeria, is reflected in a mirror checking her make-up while contestants wait for a grand final during the Muslimah World competition in Jakarta on September 18, 2013. (Photo by Adek Berry/AFP Photo)

Contestant of the Muslimah World 2013, Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola (C) of Nigeria, is reflected in a mirror checking her make-up while contestants wait for a grand final during the Muslimah World competition in Jakarta on September 18, 2013. (Photo by Adek Berry/AFP Photo)
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23 Sep 2013 08:21:00