The 27-year-old entrepreneur, originally from the Philippine province of Cebu, won the crown during the televised finals in the Thai city of Pattaya on Saturday.
Fuschia winner Anne Ravena (center) flanked by first runner-up Jasmine Jiménez (left) from Colombia and second runner-up Aela Chanel (right) from France. Credit: Anusak Laovilas/NurPhoto/Getty Images
In the Saturday final, which was broadcast live on Thai television, the participants took the stage in evening dresses and national costumes of their countries. In a Q&A segment, Ravena said that the purpose of being a transgender beauty queen was to “inspire other people.”
“I always think that the most beautiful quality of a person and a trans woman is not just a head full of knowledge – (it) should be a heart full of love and respect, an ear ready to listen and hands that are (ready) to help other people.” she said on stage.
Participants on the stage of the Miss International Queen 2022 beauty pageant in the Thai city of Pattaya. Credit: Anusak Laovilas/NurPhoto/Getty Images
“The acceptance in my own home is the best gift I have received during my trans journey,” said Ravena, who later dedicated the win to her mother.
“The trans community has yet to go (far) in the fight for equality,” Ravena added in the video. “And to be given this moment to speak out, I really want to make the most of this opportunity and make the difference as much as I can.”
Ravena received THB450,000 (US$12,700) in prize money as well as gifts from various sponsors.