Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin of Thailand Crowned Miss International Queen 2016 in transgender pageant

Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin of the host country Thailand was crowned the title of Miss International Queen 2016 at the conclusion of the transgender pageant held on Friday, March 9th, 2016 at the Tiffany’s nightclub in the Thai seaside town of Pattaya.

Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin - Miss International Queen 2016

Newly crowned Miss International Queen 2016 Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin (centre) and her runners-up Nathalie Oliveira and Andrea Collazo.

The first runner-up was Nathalie Oliveira from Brazil and the second runner-up was Andrea Collazo from Argentina.

This year’s pageant, in its 12th edition, attracted the participants from 25 countries and is hailed as the world’s largest and most popular transgender pageant.

Like other beauty pageants, contestants paraded in national costumes, evening gowns and swimsuits.

The pageant was initially planned for November 2-16 but was postponed until this year because of Thailand’s mourning period of its late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died at age 88 on Oct. 13.

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