Thailand - Pattaya - Miss International Queen Transgender Beauty Pageant
Participants prepare backstage for the final night of the 5th annual Miss International Queen transgender beauty pageant, held in the Thai city of Pattaya. The pageant strives to advance and support today's transgenders and transsexuals from all over the world and present their individual beauty and intelligence in a friendly atmosphere, to create human rights awareness among international communities and to promote tourism in Pattaya, Thailand. This year, 21 contestants from different countries, including the USA, UK, Japan, Nepal, China, Brazil and Thailand, participated in the event. They competed for several awards such as Miss Best Talent, Miss Congeniality, and Miss Photogenic. The crown of Miss International Queen 2009 went to Japan's Haruna Ai.
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