Brazilian wins transgender beauty contest in Thailand

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Marcelo OhioMarcelo Ohio from Brazil has won the 9th Miss International Queen transgender beauty pageant held in Pattaya, Thailand, on November 1.

The first prize which included 300,000 baht, a crown with real gemstones and free surgery “for anything” at a famed plastic surgery clinic in Bangkok, organisers said. US citizen Shantell D’Marco came second in the pageant, with Thai contestant Nethnapada Kanrayanon third.

There were 25 contestants from 17 countries in this year’s contest, organised by the Tiffany’s Show Pattaya Company, including three from Brazil. Tiffany’s was first launched 40 years ago to provide Pattaya with a novel form of entertainment while offering transgenders a legitimate career option, said Arisa Phanthusak, Tiffany’s manager and the organiser of the Miss International contest.

In 2004, the show went international, offering transgenders from other countries an opportunity to bask in the limelight. Transgenders are numerous in Thailand, where many have found successful careers in the entertainment, fashion and cosmetics sectors and even in government service.

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Marcelo Ohio from Brazil has won the 9th Miss International Queen transgender beauty pageant held in Pattaya, Thailand, on November 1.

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Marcelo OhioMarcelo Ohio from Brazil has won the 9th Miss International Queen transgender beauty pageant held in Pattaya, Thailand, on November 1.

The first prize which included 300,000 baht, a crown with real gemstones and free surgery “for anything” at a famed plastic surgery clinic in Bangkok, organisers said. US citizen Shantell D’Marco came second in the pageant, with Thai contestant Nethnapada Kanrayanon third.

There were 25 contestants from 17 countries in this year’s contest, organised by the Tiffany’s Show Pattaya Company, including three from Brazil. Tiffany’s was first launched 40 years ago to provide Pattaya with a novel form of entertainment while offering transgenders a legitimate career option, said Arisa Phanthusak, Tiffany’s manager and the organiser of the Miss International contest.

In 2004, the show went international, offering transgenders from other countries an opportunity to bask in the limelight. Transgenders are numerous in Thailand, where many have found successful careers in the entertainment, fashion and cosmetics sectors and even in government service.

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