Since we won't have any trans contestants competing at the Miss Universe pageant (that we're aware of) taking place in Moscow on November 9, my attention for the moment shifts to Pattaya, Thailand where 25 transfeminine contestants from 17 countries gathered for the Miss International Queen Pageant
The finals were held last night (November 1 Thai time) and this year's winner is Marcela Ohio, representing Brazil. First runner up
It's not only the first time a representative from South America has claimed the title, she is the second Latina to do so after the late Erica Andrews who represented Mexico in 2006. Her win was only the third time since the pageant's start in 2004 and the first since Erica Andrews did so that someone not from the Asia-Pacific Rim nations has taken home the Miss International Queen crown.
And yeah, it extended the Miss International Queen title drought for African descended trans women.