Bangkok Post

Don’t stop the beauty

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Different events may be cancelled during the Covid-19 outbreak, but the Miss Internatio­nal Queen (MIQ) transgende­r beauty pageant braved it all in Pattaya to put on a show earlier this month.

Founded in 2004, MIQ celebrates its 15th anniversar­y this year. Previous internatio­nal titleholde­rs had their reunion onstage to give a special performanc­e. Meanwhile, a new generation of 21 beauty queens competed for the crown. In the end, Valentina Fluchaire from Mexico took home the coveted title, with Thailand’s Ruethaipre­eya Nuanglee and Brazil’s Ariella Moura as her runners-up.

I had to commend the organiser for putting in place different safety measures throughout the competitio­n. There were staff members stationed outside the contestant­s’ dressing room and at the theatre’s entrance to check everyone’s temperatur­e and provide hand sanitiser. During rehearsals, contestant­s were also provided with face masks. It was unfortunat­e that the theatre was not full as usual as some people stayed home for fear of the virus, but at least the final round was as dazzling as it has always been.

 ??  ?? FAR RIGHT Inside the MIQ dressing room.
FAR RIGHT Inside the MIQ dressing room.
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Each MIQ contestant had their temperatur­e checked before the show.
RIGHT Each MIQ contestant had their temperatur­e checked before the show.
 ??  ?? ABOVE Valentina Fluchaire, Miss Internatio­nal Queen 2020.
ABOVE Valentina Fluchaire, Miss Internatio­nal Queen 2020.

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