On Saturday, June 25, Fuschia Anne Ravena was crowned Miss International Queen 2022. Thailand hosted the event. Fuschia, 27, became the third Filipino to win the title. The pageant, billed as the world’s largest and most popular transgender pageant, resumed after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic. Fuschia Anne Ravena, a businesswoman, triumphed over 22 other candidates in the competition to succeed Mexico’s Valentina Fluchaire. Scroll down to see photos from the event.
Fuschia Anne Ravena is the third Filipino winner of the title
After Trixia Maristela in 2015 and Kevin Balot in 2012, Fuschia Anne Ravena is the third Filipino to win the Miss International Queen title.
Her winning answer
The contestants were questioned on how they will promote equality during the final round of questions and answers if they win the pageant. Revena’s winning answer was: “My first message to everyone is to spread love peace, and unity because that is the most important thing that we do as of the moment and what’s happening in the world right now.”
“We live under one sky. And we breathe the same air. And we all live from differences where love is universal,” she added.
Colombia and France were runners-up
Colombia’s Jasmine Jimenez got placed as the first runner-up, while France’s Aëla Chanel was placed in the second position.
Miss International Queen celebrates the LGBTQ+ community
The pageant that is dubbed as the world’s largest beauty pageant for transgender women was canceled for two years due to the pandemic. The contest resumed this year during Pride Month in the Thai seaside town of Pattaya.
According to Alisa Phanthusak, the CEO of Miss Tiffany Show and the organizer of the beauty pageant, the competition celebrates gender equality.
Miss International Queen 2022 was held in Thailand
The contest is significant in that Thailand has one of Asia’s most open and visible lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, which contributes to the country’s image of tolerance and attraction as a liberal holiday destination for foreign tourists. Activists, however, claim that Thai laws and institutions have yet to reflect changing social attitudes. LGBT+ people and same-sex couples continue to face discrimination in the country.