“Holding the contest in Israel is huge” organizer Israela Lev told PlaneTrans this morning “And as trans people our hope is to help bridge the gaps between cultures with love and hope.”
For the first time in history a contestant from Israel will participate in the Trans Star International beauty pageant” said Lev. “The State of Israel will be represented at the 26th international competition and so we begin a new tradition, building good Israeli relations. Good luck and proud for all of us.”
It was “terrible” living as a transgender woman in Israel. But today, people are more accepting, she said.
“Definitely, we are achieving, enlightening the people to accept and empower transsexuals,” Lev said.
Among the contestants was Talleen Abu Hanna, a 21-year-old from a Catholic Arab family in the northern city of Nazareth. She said she came to the audition because she wants to do something with her life.
“I have this something, I am a dancer, and I am a singer, I play the trumpet. I have something to give the people,” Talleen was quoted by the AP in a article published in The NY Times. Although Israel’s more conservative Arab society is often unaccepting of gays, Abu Hanna said her family accepts and supports her.
“We are normal people. This is normal,” she said.
Some images from the Israel’s first Trans Beauty Contest preliminary….
MISS TRANS STAR International Pageant posted this statement on Facebook confirming Israel’s inclusion “Finalists will compete at a pageant in May, and the winner will represent Israel at the Miss Trans Star International pageant to be held in Spain in August. Vanessa Lopez our Miss Trans Star International 2015 is going to be present. The winner of Miss Israel is going to represent Israel in the Miss Trans Star International 2016.”
“YA ES OFICCIAL Y ESTÁ EN LOS PERIODICOS DE TODO EL MUNDO !
EL 28 DE MAYO MISS TRANS ISRAEL 2016 EN TEL AVIV.
CON LA PRESENCIA DE VANESSA LOPEZ NUESTRA MISS TRANS STAR INTERNACIONAL 2015.
LA GANADORA REPRESENTA A ISRAEL EN EL MISS TRANS STAR INTERNACIONAL 2016”
Competition at the Miss Trans Star International 2015 beauty Competition was fierce! Best of Luck to Miss Israel and all of the contestants!