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A contestant from Myanmar, Tanya Maung, 28, poses for a photograph after an interview prior to the Miss International Queen 2013 at Tiffany's Show theatre in Pattaya on Thursday. (EPA photo)
Myanmar joins transgender pageants

in MYANMAR, 22/11/2013

Twenty-five contestants from 17 countries, including Myanmar, are to compete in Pattaya for the crown of Miss International Queen on Friday, the ninth such pageant since 2004, organisers said.

This year, a contestant from Myanmar has entered the pageant for the first time.

"Five years ago I would not have dared to enter," said Tanya Maung, 28, who is studying at Ramkhamhaeng University. "But now Myanmar has democracy, so I feel free to contest.''

Arisa Phanthusak, organiser of the contest and acting manger of Tiffany's, Pattaya's oldest transgender cabaret, said: "The prize is 300,000 baht, a crown with real gems and free surgery for anything at a famed plastic surgery clinic in Bangkok.''

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