Extra! Korea

July 17, 2009

Transgender Transsexual Enters Beauty Contest

Filed under: gender equality, rapid cultural change — extrakorea @ 12:37 am

According to the Korea Herald and Times, a young transgender transsexual has entered a beauty contest. Twenty-three-year-old Choi Han-bit entered the 2009 Super Model Contest and has passed the preliminary round. If she passes the next round on July 28, she will become Korea’s first transgender transsexual supermodel. Since she has legally changed her sex to female, she has broken no contest rules, but she is not without her critics.

Some netizens argued that “unnatural women” cannot be included in a beauty contest.

So what about those women who’ve had plastic surgery on their eyes, jaws, noses, etc.?

I think she looks cute in her picture from the Times. Personally, I don’t think we should discriminate against transgenders transsexuals.

Edit/Update:

The Chosun Ilbo has more.

2 Comments »

  1. […] oh by the way a Korean transexual has entered a beauty contest this week.  So does anyone still think Korea is a conservative […]

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  2. […] change — extrakorea @ 11:42 pm According to Korea Beat and All K Pop, Choi Han-bit, whom I’ve mentioned before, has successfully passed the second round of a contest to become Korea’s first transgender […]

    Pingback by Choi Han-bit becomes Korea’s first transgender transsexual supermodel « Extra! Korea — July 28, 2009 @ 11:42 pm


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