Miss International Queen Pageant 2018 Nguyen Huong Giang (C) post for photos with the first and second runner-ups from Australia and Thailand at the final round of the competition in Pattaya, Thailand, on March 9. Photo courtesy of Miss International Queen Pageant.
‘I will fight for equality for transgender people. We all want to be treated like everyone else.’
Singer Nguyen Huong Giang from Vietnam took home the crown of Miss International Queen Pageant 2018 in Thailand on Friday night, beating 27 other contestants.
The beauty queen, 26, is the first Vietnamese to attend the competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious beauty pageant for transgender women that has been held annually in Thailand since 2004.
She also won Best Talent and Most Popular Introductory Video awards.
“I will definitely have meaningful activities for the LGBT community after returning to Vietnam with this victory,” Giang told the media after winning the crown.
For the Q&A part of contest, when asked what social campaign she would launch to make the world better, the Vietnamese singer answered: “I will fight for equality for transgender people. Everyone wants to be happy and so do transgender people. We all want a good life where we are treated like everyone else and not being discriminated.”
The First Runner-up went to Jacqueline from Australia while Rinrada Thurapan of Thailand was named second runner-up.
The mission of the pageant aims towards LGBT and transgender awareness and equality, while all the profits from the televised show go to the Royal Charity AIDS Foundation of Thailand.