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Exclusive Video Interviews with 17 Miss International Queen 2023 Contestants

(25/06/23)  The Grand Finals of Miss International Queen 2023 took place on Saturday, 24 June.

The annual event at Tiffany's Show in Pattaya, Thailand, is the most respected and well known transgender beauty pageant in the world.

It attracts contestants and fans from around the globe, some of whom have had to travel for almost three days, transiting in numerous cities just to reach the popular resort destination located a little over 2 hours south of Bangkok.

Lars Pacheco as Miss Philippines at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand. Click to enlarge.
Lars Pacheco as Miss Philippines at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand

This year, 23 contestants competed for the honour and dream of being crowned Miss International Queen 2023, an accomplishment that may well change their life.

This year's 23 contestants, listed alphabetically by the country they represent are: Isabella Santorinne (Brazil), Van Be (Cambodia), Adrian Reyes (Canada), Mika (China), Ange La Murcia (Colombia), Anahi Ferterling (Ecuador), Millen Cyrus (Indonesia), Tomo (Japan), Kanrayany Sisouphanh (Laos), Zieyra Alisya (Malaysia), Ivanna Cazares (Mexico), Solange Dekker (Netherlands), Brenda Lopez (Nicaragua), Luna Reátegui (Peru), Lars Pacheco (Philippines), Tianna Lee Rivera (Puerto Rico), Qatrisha Zairyah (Singapore), Victoria Fernandes (Spain), Arissara Kankla (Thailand), Melony Munro (USA), Miranda Monasterios (Venezuela) and Nguyễn Hà Dịu Thảo (Vietnam).

To learn more about the contestants as people, their motivation for taking part, their journey to reach this moment, and why they chose Miss International Queen as a platform, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with seventeen of them to ask those exact questions and many more besides.

Each of the interviews, some of which required a translator, are available in video and also podcast format below and directly on YouTube (link opens in a new window).

Whilst every effort was made to interview each and every contestant, our sincere apologies do go out to those we did not have time to speak with, and we wish each person taking part, their families, friends and fans, the very best of luck.

The videos below are listed in the order they were shot, with the first at the top.

High res pictures from this year's Grand Finals will be uploaded on Saturday evening and then gradually during the following week.

Special thanks to Siam@Siam Design Hotel in Pattaya. To learn more about this cool property, visit the hotel's website here (link opens in a new window).

Miss International Queen 2023 - Exclusive Video Interviews with 17 Contestants

Solange Dekker as Miss Netherlands at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Melony Munro as Miss USA at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Tomo as Miss Japan at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Lars Pacheco as Miss Philippines at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Zieyra Alisya as Miss Malaysia at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Adrian Reyes as Miss Canada at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Millen Cyrus as Miss Indonesia at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Kanrayany Sisouphanh as Miss Laos at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Qatrisha Zairyah as Miss Singapore at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Miranda Monasterios as Miss Venezuela at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Van Be as Miss Cambodia at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Nguyễn Hà Dịu Thảo as Miss Vietnam at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Victoria Fernandes as Miss Spain at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Ange La Murcia as Miss Colombia at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Ivanna Cazares as Miss Mexico at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Brenda Lopez as Miss Nicaragua at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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Tianna Lee Rivera as Miss Puerto Rica at Miss International Queen 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand - Interview

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See also: Pictures from Miss International Queen 2023, Exclusive Video Interviews with 17 Miss International Queen 2023 Contestants, MIQ 2023 Video Interview with Alisa Phanthusak - MD of Tiffany's Show Pattaya, HD Video Interviews from Miss International Queen 2022 in Pattaya, Thailand, Pictures from Miss International Queen 2022 Transgender Beauty Pageant in Pattaya, Thailand, Pictures from Miss International Queen 2020 Transgender Beauty Pageant in Pattaya, Thailand and Pictures from Miss International Queen 2019.

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