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Isabella Santiago beat contestants from 18 other countries at the Miss International Queen festival in Thailand, securing the $12,500 in prize money.
The win comes despite a total lack of gender recognition for trans people in Venezuela – with an alarming number ostracised or forced into the sex trade.
Venezuela also does not have hate crime laws to protect people from transphobic violence.
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