AIMING FOR THE RISING STAR
MISS TRANSSEXUAL AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONAL 2017 LAETICIA RAVEENA USES PLATFORM TO HIGHLIGHT EQUALITY FOR TRANSWOMEN
In 2016, Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena saw an online advertisement for an international transgender beauty pageant in Australia. “I said to myself, why not take part and have a holiday in Australia too,” Laeticia said.
The Malaysian-born cabaret showgirl, model and pastry chef with a Le Cordon Bleu Paris Grand Diplôme with honours had just celebrated her ten-year anniversary as a lead performer at Alcazar Cabaret, and was starting her online business Maison De Poupées Artisan Cakes to market bespoke cakes.
“I was in two minds about taking part in an international beauty pageant,” she said. “I had been working hard to launch my baking business but believing in karma, I knew I had to make the most of the opportunity.”
On January 28, 2017 in Melbourne’s Yarraville Hotel, it all came down to life experience when Laeticia was crowned Miss Transsexual Australia International 2017. She rejuvenated her face and body at Kamol Hospital in Thailand as part of her US15,000 Kamol-sponsored cosmetic prize before travelling to Malaysia, Fiji and India to promote inclusion, diversity and equality for transgenders.
A beauty pageant judge’s dream, Laeticia’s rise to the top has been spectacular, the result of timeless beauty, supreme self-confidence, multilingual prowess, powerful social media engagement and strong branding instincts. It is no surprise that she found success in previous pageants, including Miss International Queen 2006, Miss Alcazar Purple Star Award 2006, Miss Transuniverse Malaysia 2008 and Super Sireyna Worldwide 2014.
“A beauty queen has the potential of becoming a long-term or perpetual facilitator of charitable works,” Laeticia said.
“Competing in Miss Transsexual Australia International has opened doors and helped me come out of my shell to reach my humanitarian goals.
“Through my group Rising Star, I want to show the world that trans women can confidently, agelessly and successfully integrate themselves into family, work, friends and society.
“I want to inspire young transitioning women to make educated choices about their hormone therapy, work and family life, and beauty and surgical choices.
“I look to the day when more organisations such as Kamol Hospital can see the value of supporting trans people with services such as free hormone treatment, cosmetic and gender reassignment surgery so that more of us can have the confidence to help others.”