PETALING JAYA: Malaysian-born Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena won the Miss Transsexual Australia 2017 competition in Melbourne yesterday, beating a dozen other contestants to the coveted prize.
Kuala Lumpur-native Laeticia, a pastry chef, won a US$15,000 gift voucher from Kamol Cosmetic Hospita, Bangkok.
According to the Miss Gay & Miss Transsexual Australia Beauty Pageant Facebook page, Laeticia also won the “Best in Rio Carnival Costume” title.
In her biography published in the Philippine Community Herald last month, Laeticia described herself as a “creative, sensitive, and well-lived trans woman”.
She had said if she won the pageant, she would use her title to promote Rising Star, the organisation she set up to inspire gifted trans women to achieve their full potential.
Laeticia also described herself as a citizen of the world, having lived in England, Ireland, Malaysia and Thailand. She lives in Melbourne.
Her friend, activist Nisha Ayub, feted Laeticia on Facebook, saying she has made the community proud.
“You deserve to be queen,” Nisha said in a status update today.
Laeticia is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. She has also studied the cello and mastered playing the piano.
She has performed in cabaret shows all over the world.
The pageant is the biggest of its kind in Australia for female impersonators, trans people, drag queen performers and transgendered women.