Mexico crowns transgender beauty queen, 27, in an effort to make trans women more visible

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Mexico has crowned Ivanna Cázares as Miss Trans Beauty Mexico 2019 as part of an effort to make transgender women more visible and accepted in a country that is one of the world’s most dangerous places for transgender people. 

The weekend event was full of glamour and glitz, with contestants sporting elaborate regional costumes and makeup.  

Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for transgender people. 

Between 2013 to 2019, 261 transgender women were killed in Mexico, according to a local LGBT rights group, Letra S.  

Mexico has crowned Ivanna Cázares (right, with last year's winner) as Miss Trans Beauty Mexico 2019 as part of an effort to make transgender women more visible and accepted in a country that is one of the world's most dangerous places for transgender people

Mexico has crowned Ivanna Cázares (right, with last year's winner) as Miss Trans Beauty Mexico 2019 as part of an effort to make transgender women more visible and accepted in a country that is one of the world's most dangerous places for transgender people

Mexico has crowned Ivanna Cázares (right, with last year’s winner) as Miss Trans Beauty Mexico 2019 as part of an effort to make transgender women more visible and accepted in a country that is one of the world’s most dangerous places for transgender people

Cázares (second from left) beat second-place Miss Baja California and third-place Miss Mexico City to win the crown. Last year's winner, Brenda Contreras, is pictured on the right

Cázares (second from left) beat second-place Miss Baja California and third-place Miss Mexico City to win the crown. Last year's winner, Brenda Contreras, is pictured on the right

Cázares (second from left) beat second-place Miss Baja California and third-place Miss Mexico City to win the crown. Last year’s winner, Brenda Contreras, is pictured on the right

Contestants in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from the states of Jalisco, Sonora and Nuevo Leon compete in swimsuits during the event

Contestants in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from the states of Jalisco, Sonora and Nuevo Leon compete in swimsuits during the event

Contestants in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from the states of Jalisco, Sonora and Nuevo Leon compete in swimsuits during the event

The contestants sashayed in red bathing suits, paraded across the stage in evening gowns with plunging necklines and answered questions about climate change and human rights. 

But Cázares, 27, ultimately took home the crown. 

Cázares beat second-place Miss Baja California and third-place Miss Mexico City to win the crown. 

Miss Colima modeled an indigenous-themed costume with leopard print and feathers, while Miss Baja California’s costume featured grapes, inspired by her state’s wine vineyards. 

In all, 21 transgender beauty queens representing different Mexican states participated in the three-part competition. 

They were judged on bikini wear, regional dress and formal wear. 

A contestant in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from Mexico City competes in a regional costume in Mexico City

A contestant in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from Mexico City competes in a regional costume in Mexico City

A contestant in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from Mexico City competes in a regional costume in Mexico City

A contestant in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from the state of Tlaxcala wears a regional contest during the competition

A contestant in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from the state of Tlaxcala wears a regional contest during the competition

A contestant in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from the state of Tlaxcala wears a regional contest during the competition 

A contestant in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from the state of Quintana Roo wears a traditional costume during the event in Mexico City

A contestant in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from the state of Quintana Roo wears a traditional costume during the event in Mexico City

A contestant in the Miss Transgender Beauty pageant from the state of Quintana Roo wears a traditional costume during the event in Mexico City

Cázares said the most difficult part of her transition that began three years ago was gaining acceptance from others, although she always counted on support from her family. 

She has a communications degree and owns a beauty salon.

Now, with the pageant title, she sees herself as a spokeswoman for the transgender community.

‘We want to bring a message to society of respect for the trans girls of Mexico,’ Cázares said. 

The pageant began in 2018 and crowned its first winner, Brenda Contreras, as Miss Trans Beauty Mexico 2018.

Contreras was in attendance for Saturday night’s event.