Bishesh Huirem becomes first Indian transgender to compete in Miss International Beauty Queen
27-year-old Bishesh Huirem is all set to represent India on an international stage.
The Manipuri actor has packed her bags to leave for Chonburi, Thailand, where she will represent India at the Miss International Queen contest.
She will be one of the 30 contestants selected for the international event which will take place on 11 November 2016, as stated in the newsreport by the daily The Hindu.
Ms Huirem, who hails from Manipur, has a degree in fashion and apparel design and is a well known face in 'mobile theatre' (a popular form of entertainment in the northeast).
Though Ms Huirem's representation is a definite win for India, there was a dearth of sponsors for the event, according to the same report.
But on the brighter side,trans-models in India and internationally are finally breaking barriers.
Earlier in August 2016, IANS reported that a trans model Valentijn de Hingh walked the stage wearing a dress made out of flags of countries where homosexuality is illegal.
The dress was designed by fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen and spatial designer Oeri van Woezik in conjunction with EuroPride festivities, which is made a statement about LGBT rights on a global level.
Meanwhile in India, transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi walked the ramp for jewellery designer Akassh K Aggarwal along with actress Mandira Bedi in April for the India Runway Week 2016.
— Akassh K Aggarwal (@Aggarwal_Akassh) April 25, 2016