November 17, 2010
The Centara Grand Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand was the setting for this years 6th Miss International Queen Transgender Beauty Pageant. This world-class beauty pageant is probably one of the most spectacular and world renown pageants specifically for transsexuals and transgender women from around the world. This is the showcase for the worlds most beautiful third sex women to show their all in what is known as the transgender capital of the world. Thailand, is also the home for the Miss Tiffany’s Universe Pageant so it is only befitting that it be held nowhere else but Thailand. This phase of the international competition, the Angel Talent Competition was held in Bangkok’s Centara Grand Convention Center in front of a live audience anxious to see the 23 beautiful contestants performing their best to win the hearts of the judges and viewers alike.
The venue was also the chance for the contestants to don their elaborately designed national costumes representing their country, and a chance for all to see just how much work goes into competing. The costumes rivaled that of any world-class beauty competition with particular attention being paid to Thailand’s national representative, contestant no. 8 Miss Mig-Nalada Thamthanakorn, who came on stage with her Thai Thai classical costume in glittering ivory colored fabric inlayed with crystals as well as a beautiful crystal chada. Other beautiful costumes included that of Miss Melania Armenta from Colombia who wore a colorful yellow, red, and blue feathered outfit representing her national colors. From the U.S.A. was Miss Sunny Delight who wore a beautiful and colorful dress made with flowers, Miss Susi Villa from Ecuador wore a sun inspired gold toned outfit with a jaw dropping neckline that had many photographers clicking away. Miss Chamila Ananda from Sri Lanka wore an elegant sari in beautiful yellow and orange tones. Miss Mini Hyun Jung Han From Korea wore an clever yet lovely costume in red, green, and black resembling that of a watermelon, I say clever because her costume hid her statuesque frame of 6‘1“. France’s Miss Stella Rocha wore a 17th century French style outfit resembling what I can only describe as Marie Antoinette. Belgium’s Miss Barbie Gauthier was equally stunning with her glittering golden goddess outfit. Every contestant was stunning and deserved recognition for their efforts but only one took home the prize for best national costume and that was Miss Korea’s Mini Hyun Jung Han.
After an exciting performance by 2009's Miss International Queen, Haruna Ai, the Talent portion of the show got underway and it was clear this was a mix of themes and ideas with performances like France’s Estelle Roedrer doing a Broadway style version of “This is My Life” dressed up as both a man and a woman, Nepal’s Meghna Lama dancing energetically to what sounded like Hindi pop music. Katie Kennedy gave a demonstration of self defense 101 against would be attackers and pleaded for a second chance for all. Singapore’s Cheryl Isabella entertained the audience with her guitar skills performing “Romanza” and Segway ing to an impromptu magic show, while Barbie Gauthier from Belgium entertained the audience with her magic skills and control of an LED. Sri Lanka’s Chamilla Ananda danced beautifully to a typical Sri Lankan raga while Philippine’s Bem Bem Radaza danced romantically with her partner. Ecuador’s Susi Villa gave an exotic dance of the seven veils to “Whatever Lola wants“, while Stella Rocha from France entertained everyone with her spirit and charm to a vaudeville style French tune. Korea’s Mini gave a electrifying rendition of Beyonce’s “Crazy Right Now” while dancing and shaking her beautiful physique that nearly sent the audience roaring for more, and Sunny De-Lite took control of the stage and showed why she is a natural performer dancing and lip-sinking. Mig-Nalada Thamthanakorn gave a look into the Muay Thai style “Prom Si Nak” and mixing it up with her trainer, while Claire Harlow from the Philippines gave a lovely performance and the only live singer of the evening. Last but not least was Melania Armenta from Colombia who started with a monologue from “Basic Instinct” and segwayed into a musical performance of “My Life” that nearly brought the house down with applause.
By the end of it all only one took home the trophy for best talent and that went to none other than the highlight of the performances. Colombia’s Melania Armenta eloquently accepted her honor and the trophy, $500 USD, the sash and a gift voucher from Pratunam Polyclinic, while Korea’s Mini Hyung Jung Han took home the trophy for best National Costume, $1000 USD, the sash and a gift voucher from Pratunam Polyclinic. The First and Second Runnner-up winnners of the talent competition also won cash prizes totalling $500 USD and gift vouchers from Pratunam Polyclinic. Next the competition continues and the tension grows as the final turn of this journey heads towards Pattaya City where the finals of the competition will determine who will be Miss International Queen 2010 on Friday November 19, 2010 at the Tiffany Show Theatre in Pattaya City, Thailand.