A Malaysian transgender has been crowned as Miss Transsexual Australia 2017 at the annual pageant held in Melbourne on Saturday night.
Kuala Lumpur-native Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena, the winner also received a gift voucher worth US$15,000 (RM66, 450) from Bangkok’s Kamol Cosmetic Hospital at the ceremony. Raveena is a pastry chef with a diploma from the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.
According to the Miss Gay & Miss Transsexual Australia Beauty Pageant Facebook page, Laeticia also won the “Best in Rio Carnival Costume” title.
In her biography published in the Philippine Community Herald last month, Laeticia described herself as a “creative, sensitive, and well-lived trans woman”.
She had said if she won the pageant, she would use her title to promote Rising Star, the organisation she set up to inspire gifted trans women to achieve their full potential.
Laeticia also described herself as a citizen of the world, having lived in England, Ireland, Malaysia and Thailand. Currently, she lives in Melbourne.
“Congratulations to our very own Malaysian Transsexual rep Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena for your victory as Miss Transsexuals Australia. You deserved to be the queen,” Malaysian transgender activist, Nisha Ayub wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
Transsexual Australia was founded in 2009 and it is the biggest beauty pageant in Australia. The annual pageant is meant for female impersonators, transsexual and drag queen performers and transgender women.