Hi Sa B from An Giang Province won the contest titled “Miss Beauty 2015,” held by the transgender community in Ho Chi Minh City.

She received a VND60 million (US$2,679) cash award and will be entitled to a full sponsorship for her trip to Thailand to attend the “Miss International Queen 2016” pageant.

In the Q&A session, the 25-year-old contestant expressed her hope that “the law will recognize and allow us to change our name and gender, as well as give us the rights to live the way we truly are.”

Hoan Mai, 18, from the southern city of Can Tho, was named the first runner-up while her fellow countryman Khanh An was the second runner-up.

Besides cash, the winners were also presented with coupons to use services at spas and beauty salons, and will be given funds to take photos in studios.

The competition attracted 82 contestants from cities and provinces in the south and 25 of them were cherry-picked for such categories as swimsuits, evening gowns, ao dai (Vietnamese long gowns), and the Q&A session.

The contestants also had a week of practicing dance, runway gaits and other skills, as well as joined charity activities in the coastal city of Vung Tau before the finale in Ho Chi Minh City on December 22.

According to To An, a representative of the contest, “Miss Beauty 2015” was a playground meant to nourish transgender people’s talent, in addition to bringing out their positive image in order to call for sympathy and sharing from the entire society in Vietnam.

During the final night in Ho Chi Minh City on December 18, contestant Hoang Mi won the second season of the competition inspired by American modeling reality show “America’s Next Top Model.”

Ngoc Trinh and Thien Minh both were first runner-ups.

This year’s contest held under the theme of “shining angels” during six months lured hundreds of transgender hopefuls who were required to show their skills in posing, strutting, singing, dancing, and communicating.

The organizers expressed their hope to receive more support from the whole society for the next seasons in order to help transgender people in particular and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in general raise their voice for their passion of the arts.

Tuoi Tre News - December 23, 2015