“More than 100 hopefuls vied Saturday for the title of India’s most beautiful transsexual at the country’s first such pageant for members of the marginalised community, an organiser said. The event in the southern city of Chennai was unique in a country where transsexuals live on the fringes of society, drawing 120 contenders between the ages of 20 and 35 from across India, A.J. Hariharan told AFP. Kareena, a 25-year-old model from the western financial hub Mumbai walked away with top honours, while 23-year-old Romi, a beautician from the northeastern state of Manipur, was second. Local favourite Padmini, 25, a dance instructor, bagged third place.”
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