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Photos by Jessie Edwards Thomas

Behind the Scenes of the First Ever Miss Transgender Pageant in the UK

Jessie Edwards Thomas

Jessie Edwards Thomas

Photos of competitors getting ready to compete in the United Kingdom's first pageant for trans women.

Photos by Jessie Edwards Thomas

These images are from the Brighton heats of Britain's' first ever Miss Transgender Pageant. The girls arrived early in the morning, sometimes the night before, to get ready at the venue and practice there walks and performing on stage. Rachel Bailey and Sue Pascoe are the main organisers, transgender women themselves; their focus of the pageant is to create a wider awareness and acceptance within society of transgender people.