MANILA, Nov 3 (Mabuhay) — A 21-year-old transgender beauty from the Philippines – Kevin Balot – was crowned “Miss International Queen 2012” in Thailand’s seaside resort Pattaya on Friday.
Balot, who will travel to represent the transvestite pageant, received 10,000 US dollars, a crown from a well-known gems store in Thailand and other gifts.
Twenty one contestants from 15 countries vied for the crown in the annual competition for transvestites. The contestants were selected from more than 100 entries from nearly 30 countries.
Balot was crowned the winner in this year’s competition, beating out Brazil’s Jessika Simoes with a brilliant Q&A.
There were four Filipino transvestite contestants in the final stage but only two made it through to the final 10.
“Someday I want to go to Europe to represent my country the Philippines. So I’m so proud to present the beauty of the gays back to our country, the Philippines,” said Balot.
She participated in three transvestite pageants in the Philippines but competed abroad for the first time for the “Miss International Queen 2012.”
“We really looked at her at the first round, because she’s lovely, and her personality is very personable, and the way she answered the question. She’s really smart,” explained Seri Wongmontha, head of the judges in the pageant.
An emotional Balot told reporters that she hoped the win would help her gain acceptance from her father.
“I’m very proud to be the first here, and I hope my dad will accept me. Because in the family I’m the only boy, and my dad is having a big expectation in me. I made it. I win the International Queen Pageant, and I believe that my dad will accept me that not only as his son but also as his daughter,” she said.
One contestant said the competition offered transvestites and transgenders a chance to show off their potentials. (MNS)