Hundreds of people entered what was described as India’s first trans beauty pageant, and they have a winner.
While trans women have competed in general pageants, this is believed to be the first large contest just for them.
Around 1,500 trans women entered. Only 16 made it to the final.
Nitasha Biswas went on the win the competition.
As it is the first Trans Queen India pageant, there was no previous winner to crown Biswas.
Miss Trans Australia crowned her instead.
Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena was crowned Miss Trans Australia earlier this year.
She also performed to the Lady Gaga track ‘Born this Way’ for everyone.
‘This day of history’
Biswas posted a heartfelt comment on Facebook about the event.
She said: ‘Honored to be a part of this Journey. It is an emotional moment made over years.’
Biswas also added: ‘All my other 15 contestants we are all winners.’
She also posted a picture of herself with her runners-up. The comment said: ‘This day of history…. “Transqueen India” with my beautiful fellow contestants.’
Biswas is 26 and is pursuing an MBA. She will next represent India in Miss International TransQueen.
Loiloi was the first runner-up and she will now go on to attend Miss Transsexual Australia.
It has not yet been decided where second runner-up Ragasiya will compete next.
‘I was a source of a lot of ridicule’
Biswas only began modelling a year ago.
She says she knew she was trans from a young age.
Biswas only had her father to come out to as her mother when when she was a child.
She said in an interview: ‘Initially it was tough for my father to accept that his son was going through a transformation. In fact, it impacted him so deeply that he stopped talking to me for almost seven months.
‘That was perhaps the toughest part of my conversion – not having my family beside me.’
Biswas described transitioning as a ‘lonely journey.’
She said: ‘There is a phase when you have both male and female attributes, and it was impossible for me to even step out of my house during that period. I was a source of a lot of ridicule.’
‘The event allows for empowerment of transsexuals’
The panel of judges featured people from a variety of backgrounds.
Indian trans activist Guari Sawant, one of the judges, believes the event ‘should be organized regularly for the empowerment of transsexuals.’
Sushant Divgikar, formed Mr Gay India, was on the panel also.
Joining them were Avleen Khokhar, educator and grooming expert, Varun Katyal, nutrition and beauty expert, Shaine Soni, fashion stylist and Hector Ravinder Dutt, a school principal.