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Israel's First Trans Women Pageant Finalists (17/05/2016)

Israel's first transgendered finalists will be facing off in a competition May 27th.

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Contestants Ta´alin Abu Hanna, 21, Carolin Khoury, 24 and Lee Aviv, 26

The “Gay Capital of The Middle-East” will be proving its colors once again on May 27th with the 2016 Miss Trans Israel pageant. The event will be the first of its kind in Israel and will feature 12 Israeli trans women competing for title at the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv.

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The lead up to the pageant began back in March with a qualifying show put together by Israela Stephanie Lev. Lev came up with the idea after the Miss Universe contest changed its rules to allow trans women to compete in 2012. The decision followed uproar over the removal of the Canadian contender, Jenna Talackova, after it was revealed that she was transgendered.

In an interview with Haaretz, Lev said, “I thought to myself – okay, we have an option here for transgender women to compete for the Miss Universe title, so why can’t it happen here?”

The event that took place in March included nearly 30 contestants taking the catwalk, twelve of who were selected to return as finalists for the next show on the 27th. The winner will be presented with a $15,000 cosmetic surgery package as well as the opportunity to represent Israel in Thailand’s Miss International Queen competition.

Haaretz reported that Vanessa Lopez, the winner of last year’s Miss Trans Star International competition in Barcelona, would be in attendance to crown “the first transgender beauty queen in Israel’s history.”

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Photo Credit: Insert, Wasan Ritthawon/
Above, Eitan Tal/Haaretz


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