Eleven entrants vie for Miss Transsexual Australia International 2017
A law student, a former ballroom dancing champion and a dental nurse are among the fourteen hopefuls of the Miss Transsexual Australia International 2017 beauty pageant in Melbourne’s Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen Street, Yarraville, on Saturday, 28 January 2017, as part of the Midsumma Festival.
ALEXIS TAN is a Sydney law student and graduate of fashion design and fine arts. Originally from the Philippines with part-Chinese heritage, Alexis hopes to one day become an international human rights lawyer in the United Nations. She loves to travel, draw, paint, sing, dance and watch documentaries about history, society and culture. Alexis hopes to be a role model for the younger transgender generation; she started her own transgender group ‘I Am SHE’ to support and empower transgender youth during their transition.
AMELIA GIANNI is a Sydney fashion stylist and beautician whose passions are in comedy, acting and modelling. Amelia, who is of Italian-New Zealand heritage, chose the Australian Childhood Foundation as her chosen advocacy and hopes to share her personal experience as a child abuse survivor.
FAIEL LICDAN VALENCIANO is a Sydney business administration student who loves cooking, travelling and experiencing new cultures. When not studying, she can be found cooking up recipes. If she becomes the next Miss Transsexual Australia International, Faiel hopes to promote better community understanding of gender sensitivity.
IVANNA is a Sydney model, dancer and cabaret performer who is known for having an artistic side. She turned to talent competitions and beauty pageants to challenge herself in a new way. If she wins, she hopes to promote transgender rights and issues through her chosen advocacy, Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust.
JESSICA ALBORNOZ is a Sydney international student of business, actor and model from Venezuela. Miss Albornoz enjoys expressing herself through movement and specialises in salsa, merengue, samba, belly, hip hop and contemporary dance. She hopes to fulfil her goal of being a voice for the transgender community through her advocacy group, The Gender Centre.
LAETICIA RAVEENA is “a creative, sensitive and well-lived transgender woman” who has successfully integrated herself into society. Visiting Melbourne from Thailand where she is based, the Malaysian-born businesswoman and former international model, actor, singer, cabaret performer and French-trained culinary and pastry chef is a self-professed “citizen of the world” who has lived, grown up, studied and worked in England, Ireland, Malaysia and Thailand. Laeticia, who is of Indian, speaks, reads and writes English, Tamil, Malay, Indonesian, Thai, Cantonese and Mandarin, and is learning French. If she wins, she hopes to use her title to promote Rising Star, an organisation she set up to inspire gifted younger transgender women to achieve their full potential.
LORREN CACHERO is a Melbourne dental nurse who worked as a dentist before moving to Australia from the Philippines. An avid volleyball player who plays competitively and socially, Lorren believes that good health should never be taken for granted. She supports Equinox, a Melbourne gender diverse health service that offers bulk billing general practice services to the trans and gender diverse community.
MARNIE MONROE, from Shepparton, Victoria, is no stranger to being on the stage and in the spotlight. The former cabaret performer and ballroom dancing champion’s talent and passion are in the arts, where she has gained recognition. Now running her own salon as a hairdresser, makeup artist and milliner, she hopes to raise awareness and support for cancer research through Cancer Australia.
SERINNA RIVERA is a Sydney outdoor junkie who is always hungry for new experiences and knowledge for self-growth. She enjoys scuba diving, hiking, swimming, kayaking, music and films. Originally from the Philippines, Serinna believes in helping those in need. In her home country, she supported her family’s charity program to build kindergartens, feed the poor and raise funds for typhoon-affected communities. A kidney donor to her sister, Serinna hopes that her journey to the crown will help her grow even more and inspire others through her chosen charity, Kidney Health Australia.
SKYE PAEZ is a Sydney-born makeup artist and fragrance specialist of Chilean-Uruguayan heritage who has a passion for fashion, enjoys swimming, sensual dancing, travelling, world movies and documentaries. Through her chosen charity Transgender Victoria, she hopes to support the important work it does to promote justice, equity and quality health and community service provision for trans and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends.
VICTORIA ANTHONY is a Sydney DJ and showgirl believes in being happy, positive and living proudly as transgender. Victoria, who is of Italian-Filipino heritage, has a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Western Sydney. She loves travelling and has visited the Dominican Republic, The USA, The Philippines, New Zealand, and many cities in Australia. She is looking forward to meeting and sharing her positive energy with all the other contestants in the pageant and if crowned, hopes to raise the profile of Twenty10, which aims to create and nurture safe places for people of diverse, genders, sexualities and sexes, their families and communities.
Now in its eighth year, Miss Transsexual Australia International is the biggest annual beauty pageant for transgender women in Australia. Themed ‘Spectacular Beauty with a Purpose’, this year’s entrants will parade on stage for Costume, Swim Wear, Evening Wear and Question-and-Answer rounds.
The 2107 winner will walk away with more than $20,000 in cash and kind prizes, which includes a US15,000 voucher for optional gender surgery at Kamol Cosmetic Hospital, in Thailand.
Pageant Founder and Director Gayzha Davao said the calibre of contestants this year was impressive.
“Miss Transsexual Australia International aims to raise community awareness and promote acceptance and positive images of transgender women,” Ms Davao said.
“The 2016 contestants were quite outstanding and it is exciting to see a high calibre of entries for 2017.”
The winner will be crowned by the reigning Miss Transsexual Australia 2016 Andrea Jaca-Smith, who underwent all-expenses-paid gender-correction surgery at Kamol Cosmetic Hospital in July 2016, as part of her prize.
All contestants will take part in social media and community events before and after the pageant, including the Midsumma Carnival, Australia Day Street Parade and Pride March.
Tickets are available from: https://midsumma.org.au/k2event/miss-gay-and-trans-2017 for $35 (Concession $30).
MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Gayzha Davao, Pageant Founder & Director, Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia International, 0407 073 350 or firstname.lastname@example.org