A transgender woman from the Phillipines has been crowned Miss International Queen 2012.
Kevin Balot beat 21 finalists from 15 countries to be named this year’s winner of the annual trans beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand.
‘I’m so proud to represent the beautiful gays of our country, the Philippines,’ the 21-year-old from Tarlac told Reuters.
Balot, who will receive $10,000 in prize money, hopes by winning the title she will gain acceptance from her father.
‘Because in [our] family, I’m the only boy, and my dad has big expectations of me,’ she said.
‘[Now that] I made it, I won the International Queen pageant, I believe that my dad will accept me not only as his son but also as his daughter.’
According to the Miss International Queen website, the contest’s aims are to ‘provide an opportunity for transgender/transsexual to be more accepted in today’s world’, as well as promote global human rights.