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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
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
Valerie Hernandez Matias representing Puerto Rico poses in a swimsuit during the 54th Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo November 11, 2014. Matias won the Miss International title. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Valerie Hernandez Matias representing Puerto Rico poses in a swimsuit during the 54th Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo November 11, 2014. Matias won the Miss International title. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)
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12 Nov 2014 14:25:00
The first runner-up of the Miss International 2016 Alexandra Britton (L) representing Australia reacts after she was named during the 56th Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, Japan October 27, 2016. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

The first runner-up of the Miss International 2016 Alexandra Britton (L) representing Australia reacts after she was named during the 56th Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, Japan October 27, 2016. Representatives from more than 69 countries and regions took part in the beauty contest. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
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28 Oct 2016 10:36:00
A contestant prepares backstage before the final show of the Miss International Queen 2018 transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand March 9, 2018. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

A contestant prepares backstage before the final show of the Miss International Queen 2018 transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand March 9, 2018. Twenty-seven international contestants are participating in the annual beauty contest for transgender women which aims to promote the tourism industry in the resort city of Pattaya and create a positive image of transgender people. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)
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12 Mar 2018 00:05:00
Contestant Emilce Lezcano, center, prepares for the evening gown portion of the “Miss Gordita” beauty contest in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, April 25, 2015. In their elegant evening gowns and elaborate hair styles, the contestants defy the conventional idea that only skinny women can be beautiful. (Photo by Jorge Saenz/AP Photo)

Contestant Emilce Lezcano, center, prepares for the evening gown portion of the “Miss Gordita” beauty contest in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, April 25, 2015. In their elegant evening gowns and elaborate hair styles, the contestants defy the conventional idea that only skinny women can be beautiful. (Photo by Jorge Saenz/AP Photo)
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28 Apr 2015 13:17:00


Wirittorn Narapatarapimol (Belle) a Miss Tiffany Universe contestant tries on earrings in a private dressing room on May 15, 2009 in Pattaya, Thailand. The Miss Tiffany Universe contest has been running for 12 years, with all contestants transexuals or transvestites, aiming to promote human rights for the transgender population in Thailand. In Thailand transexuals are considered a third gender given the Thai name “Katoey”. (Photo Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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22 Jun 2011 11:18:00
Contestants prepares ahead of the first-ever Miss Trans Israel beauty pageant in Tel Aviv, Israel May 27, 2016. The winner will represent Israel in Miss Trans Star International contest in Barcelona in September. (Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters)

Contestants prepares ahead of the first-ever Miss Trans Israel beauty pageant in Tel Aviv, Israel May 27, 2016. The winner will represent Israel in Miss Trans Star International contest in Barcelona in September. (Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters)
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28 May 2016 12:29:00