Korean designer wins Miss International Queen 2010

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South Korean designer Minnie Han took top honors at this year’s Miss International Queen transvestite beauty pageant held Nov. 19 at Tiffany’s Theatre.

Contestants from Japan and the U.S.A. earned runner-up spots.

South Korean Minnie Han parades around the stage after winning the Miss International Queen 2010 title.South Korean Minnie Han parades around the stage after winning the Miss International Queen 2010 title.

Han bested 23 contestants at the pageant to win $10,000, a year of free accommodations at the Woodlands Hotel & Resort, and other prizes. Han was also named winner of the Best National Dress award.

Ami Takeuchi of Japan was named first runner-up and took home $2,000 and prizes from Pratunam Poly Clinic, GNET and Asok Skin Hospital. Third place went to American Stasha Sanchez, who took home $1,500 and prizes.

Thailand’s own Nalada Thamthanakorn, the current Miss Tiffany Universe, finished in the top 10 and won the Best Evening Dress award.

Last year’s winner Haruna Ai from Japan says goodbye and thanks Thailand before turning over the crown. Last year’s winner Haruna Ai from Japan says goodbye and thanks Thailand before turning over the crown.

South Korean Minnie Han was also named winner of the Best National Dress award. South Korean Minnie Han was also named winner of the Best National Dress award.

Minnie Han cries out with delight after being crowned Miss International Queen 2010.Minnie Han cries out with delight after being crowned Miss International Queen 2010.

(L to R) 2nd runner up Stasha Sanchez from USA; winner Minnie Han; and 1st runner up Ami Takeuchi from Japan ecstatically show off their newly won trophies.(L to R) 2nd runner up Stasha Sanchez from USA; winner Minnie Han; and 1st runner up Ami Takeuchi from Japan ecstatically show off their newly won trophies.

South Korean Minnie Han receives the Miss International Queen 2010 trophy from Sutham Phanthusak, managing director of the Tiffany Show Company Pattaya.South Korean Minnie Han receives the Miss International Queen 2010 trophy from Sutham Phanthusak, managing director of the Tiffany Show Company Pattaya.

Ami Takeuchi from Japan receives the 1st runner up trophy from Pageant Chairman Dr. Seree Wongmontha.Ami Takeuchi from Japan receives the 1st runner up trophy from Pageant Chairman Dr. Seree Wongmontha.

Thailand’s “Nong Mic”, Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2010, is made up before the contest.Thailand’s “Nong Mic”, Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2010, is made up before the contest.

The pageantry is a big draw during the Miss International Queen pageant.The pageantry is a big draw during the Miss International Queen pageant.

Contestants show off their fabulous national dresses.Contestants show off their fabulous national dresses.

Miss International Queen 2010 contestants pose for photos at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Pattaya.Miss International Queen 2010 contestants pose for photos at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Pattaya.

Haruna Ai, Miss International Queen 2009 poses with seven of the 23 Miss International Queen 2010 contestants from 15 countries during Loy Krathong. Haruna Ai, Miss International Queen 2009 poses with seven of the 23 Miss International Queen 2010 contestants from 15 countries during Loy Krathong.

Miss International Queen 2009 Haruna Ai performs during the evening.Miss International Queen 2009 Haruna Ai performs during the evening.