Pattaya, Thailand — Ang reigning Miss Gay Manila at Viva Artists Agency contract star na si Trixie Maristela ang idineklarang Miss International Queen 2015.
Ginanap ang coronation night sa Tiffany Show Theater, Pattaya, Thailand, nitong Biyernes, November 6.
Tinalo ni Trixie ang 26 candidates mula sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo; kabilang ang kapwa niya Filipino transgender women na sina Michelle Binas at Francine Garcia.
Si Francine ang Super Sireyna Queen of Queens 2013 grand winner ng Eat Bulaga.
Pare-parehong pumasok sa Top 10 ang Filipina transgenders.
First runner-up ni Trixie ang crowd favorite na si Valesca Dominik Ferraz ng Brazil at 2nd runner-up naman si Supida Siriwattananukoon ng Thailand.
Si Trixie ang ikalawang Filipino transgender woman na nakapag-uwi ng Miss International Queen crown; ang una ay si Kevin Balot na nanalo noong 2012.
Bukod sa ganda at confidence, nanalo si Trixie dahil sa kanyang sagot sa final question na “How do you compare beauty inside and beauty outside?”
Ito ang naging sagot niya:
“Beauty from the inside starts from the heart but beauty from outside is just a physical appearance.
"In the end, what matters is… beauty in the inside will radiate outside because a true queen does not want just a beautiful face or golden crown, but a true queen also possess a golden heart."
Sa interview ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kay Trixie pagkatapos ng pageant, sinabi niyang hindi siya makapaniwala sa kanyang tagumpay.
Saad niya, “I still can’t believe that I won.
"Right now, I don’t know what I’m gonna do next.
"But I’m very thankful to be given this chance to be Miss International Queen, a very prestigious pageant for transgenders like me.
“This kind of pageant empowers transwomen like us because Thailand, especially the organizers of Miss International Queen, made us feel that we’re very important people.
"And because of that, we gained confidence and we’re empowered to do whatever it is…
“It feels overwhelming and I feel so blessed winning two crowns [Miss Gay Manila and Miss International Queen] at the same time.
"I dedicate this to my family and most especially to my transfamily, not just in the Philippines but in the world."