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Miss Taalin Abu Hana: an Arab Christian set to represent Israel at biggest trans beauty pageant called Miss Trans Star 2016

For the 2,000 to 2,500 trans women in Israel, Tel Aviv is widely recognised as offering the most LGBT-friendly environment in an otherwise largely conservative nation

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Tel Aviv, Sept 14, 2016: Arab, Israeli, Christian and transgender: Taalin Abu Hana, who to some may be a Middle Eastern contradiction in terms, travels to Barcelona on Tuesday to take part in the biggest trans beauty pageant in Europe.

On top of this, the Miss Trans Star 2016 contestant, walking effortlessly in her high heels, has the final alterations made to the dress she plans to wear at the pageant, a delicate piece of almost-transparent fabric, embroidered with dozens of Stars of David, Efe news reported.

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Identity crisis is not an issue for this 22-year-old Arab Christian from Nazareth who is set to represent Israel in the competition this weekend, having won the national Miss Trans title in May.

“I love living in Israel because it accepts change. It’s a privilege for me,” Abu Hana told Efe hours before her departure for Barcelona.

“I have friends from the Arab world who cannot change, who have to move to other places in order to live the life of a woman. I am fortunate,” she added.

For her, the freedom to be who you want, to dress how you want, to choose your gender and not face discrimination is a bigger preoccupation than the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Few Arab-Israelis would be willing to represent Israel at any level, let alone wear the Star of David — the symbol of Judaism — but Abu Hana said she would do so with pride, for it is the country where she achieved her greatest desire: to be a woman.

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For the 2,000 to 2,500 trans women in Israel, Tel Aviv is widely recognised as offering the most LGBT-friendly environment in an otherwise largely conservative nation.

“My Mother” is tattooed in Arabic on her right wrist, representing the only one of Abu Hana’s family members to support her way of life ever since she started showing “a very feminine side” from an early age.

Her father does not accept her gender, and her sisters maintain a distant relationship.

Not discouraged, however, Abu Hana’s fighting spirit won over the judges of the Miss Trans Israelwith a heartfelt speech about the beauty of human beings. (IANS)

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Talent Galore at the Auditions of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 Beauty Pageant

The pageant aims to provide all women with equal opportunity to showcase their potential, and discover and improve their expertise and talent.

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The jury of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017
The jury of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017

Kanpur, September 26, 2017 : Every beauty queen has a story to tell – stories of competition, confidence, and growth. Stories of belief, persistence, and victory. A story talking about her success and taking home the crown. But what is truly intriguing is to hear such success stories from married women in India, who dare to take a shot at fulfilling their dreams even after the society tells them otherwise. And this is the essence behind the competition, ‘Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017’.

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A unique beauty pageant currently taking roots in one of India’s largest states, Uttar Pradesh, Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 is a pathway to the Mrs. UP beauty pageant that witnesses participants from all across the country.

Currently in its first phase, the audition and elimination round of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 was organized on September 19 that saw participation from over 56 women, out of which the best 12 participants have been shortlisted for the second round.

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Participants at the Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 competition.

The jury for the audition round included Mrs. Aditi Shukla, President, Inner wheel Club & Owner of Canpore Girls P.Ltd, Mrs Jaya Srivastava, noted singer and lyricist, who is also the Director of SUR TALL SANGAM and Dr. Ira Tripathi (P.hD) Clinical Psychologist & Counselor. Also in the panel were Mr. Sachin Mishra, director of Online Services P.Ltd. and Ms. Rashmi Dharampal Singh Bhadauria, director of A2Z Brand Communication Group.

The participants were judged on a variety of parameters that evaluated their confidence, wit, talent, presence of mind and also closely looked upon their personal achievements.

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Women from different age groups and backgrounds were part of the auditions of Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017

A second phase of auditions and elimination has also been scheduled wherein the judges will shortlist six more participants to compete for the title of Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017, to be held on October 14.

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to not only bring spotlight where it is due- on the married women who successfully manage work and personal life, but the competition also lends support to acid attack survivors and the transgender community of the Indian society who have chosen to not let circumstances hold them back.

The pageant aims to provide all women with equal opportunity to showcase their potential, and discover and improve their expertise and talent.

Jury, Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017
Jury, Radiant Mrs Kanpur 2017

Thus, several acid attack survivors and transwomen also participated in the auditions, who took to the ramp to showcase their confidence and strength, thereby challenging the society’s trivial perception of beauty.

Radiant Mrs. Kanpur 2017 aims to bring together married women from all walks of life, to compete for the crown. The winner of the competition will also get an opportunity to participate in the upcoming Mrs. UP competition.