Tanya Maung, a 29-year-old ethnic Kayin transgender, has confirmed that she will represent Myanmar in the transgender beauty contest. She told The Myanmar Times, “Some of my colleagues thought I should apply, so I decided to try it.” Tanya Maung works for an international organisation as a program officer. She has also worked as a volunteer among Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand, helping with education, the promotion of culture, health protection and sharing health knowledge.
Tanya Maung sees participation in Miss International Queen as a good chance to address the question of human rights protection for transgender people.
“In protecting our honour as human beings, gaining more acceptance from society and sharing knowledge about opportunities, this kind of pageant will make us more confident at the international level through representing our country,” she said.