Kevin Balot of Philippines reacts as she wins Miss International Queen 2012 beauty pageant held on November 2, 2012 in Pattaya, Thailand. The first Runner-Up went to Jessika Simoes of Brazil, with Imanni da Silva of Angola, Panvilas Mongkol of Thailand, Michelle Montecarlo & Miriam Jimenez from the Philippines placing Second Runners-Up.
It is also dubbed as the Miss Universe for transvestites and transgenders, whose aim is to empower transgenders, promote GLBT rights and provide a venue for showcasing their talents.
Balot bested 20 other contestants from 15 countries in the annual pageant for transvestites winning the 10,000 US Dollars cash prize and an expensive crown. Balot, a nursing graduate from Far Eastern University, will receive $10,000 (Bt310,000) and other prizes and gifts.
She gave an impressive performance during the question and answer segment in the final round, which helped clinch the crown. 21 contestants from 15 countries dazzled at the Miss International Queen 2012 pageant held in Thailand s seaside resort Pattaya on Friday, vying for the crown in the annual competition for transvestites.
The final contestants were selected from more than a hundred entries from nearly 30 countries, and one contestant said the competition offered transvestites and transgenders a chance to show off their potentials.
Balot said after the pageant, “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 has big expectations of me. I made it. I won the International Queen Pageant, and I believe that my dad will accept me not only as his son but also as his daughter.”