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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
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
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
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
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
Kanwara Kaewjin of Thailand prepares backstage during the final show of the Miss International Queen 2019 transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)

Kanwara Kaewjin of Thailand prepares backstage during the final show of the Miss International Queen 2019 transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)
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11 Mar 2019 00:05:00
Miss Talavera Bruce 2017, Mayana Rosa Alves, right, takes a cigarette break with two contestants before the start of the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Prison authorities say they organize the annual beauty contest to encourage self-esteem, fight idleness and promote integration among the female inmates. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)

Miss Talavera Bruce 2017, Mayana Rosa Alves, right, takes a cigarette break with two contestants before the start of the 13th annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant at the penitentiary the pageant is named for, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Prison authorities say they organize the annual beauty contest to encourage self-esteem, fight idleness and promote integration among the female inmates. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)
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06 Dec 2018 00:03:00