Kevin Balot, 21, from the Philippines was crowned Miss International Queen 2012, a transgender beauty pageant held in Pattaya, Thailand on Friday, November 2, 2012.
According to report, Balot vested other 21 contestants from 15 countries, all of them born male, competed in the week-long event for the crown of Miss International Queen 2012.
The first Runner-Up went to Jessika Simoes of Brazil, with Imanni da Silva of Angola, Panvilas Mongkol of Thailand, Michelle Montecarlo & Miriam Jimenez from the Philippines placing Second Runners-Up.
After the pageant, Balot said: “I’m very proud to be the first here, and I hope my dad will accept me. Because in the family I’m the only boy, and my dad has big expectations of me. I made it. I won the International Queen Pageant, and I believe that my dad will accept me not only as his son but also as his daughter.”
“Someday I want to go to Europe and to represent my country the Philippines. So I’m so proud to present the beauty of the gays back to our country, the Philippines.”
As the winner of the Miss International Queen, Balot will travel to represent the transvestite pageant. She will also receive $10,000, a crown from a well-known gems store in Thailand and other gifts.
Best Evening Gown – Sunny Dee-Lite (United States) Miss Photogenic – Kevin Balot (Philippines) Miss Congeniality – Noah Herrera (Venezuela) Miss National Costume – Yuki Tachibana (Japan) The Angel Talent Competition – Beni Tukishima (Japan) Miss Perfect Skin By Asoke Skin Hospital – Matricia Mae Centino (Guam) Miss Ripley’s Popular Vote – Stefania Cruz (Philippines)