Miss International Queen 2022: Filipino Fushia Ann Ravena wins transgender beauty pageant

Written Oscar Holland, CNN

Filipino beauty queen Fushia Ann Ravena has been crowned the Miss International Queen 2022, which organizers have called the world’s largest beauty pageant for transgender women.

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.

Launched in 2004, Miss International Queen is open to transgender women who were assigned male at birth. Usually held annually, the event was canceled in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s event was dedicated to Pride Month and was held under the motto “Pride Together”.

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

Ravena was among the 23 contestants who competed, with Jasmine Jiménez from Colombia and Aela Chanel from France coming in second and third respectively. According to the CNN affiliate, she is the third Filipina to win the title. CNN Philippines.

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.

Participants on the stage of the Miss International Queen 2022 beauty pageant in the Thai city of Pattaya. Credit: Anusak Laovilas/NurPhoto/Getty Images

AT video published by contest organizers ahead of the show, Ravena said her gender transition was “not easy.”

“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.

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