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Myanmar joins transgender pageants

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.\n

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22nd November 2013 09:36

Alessia Valenza

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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