A trans-gender Filipino woman has made history after being the first to achieve the highly coveted title of Miss Intercontinental New Zealand 2020. Arielle Keil, 26, who was born in Davao City, Philippines as a boy named Andrew, but grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, underwent gender reassignment operation earlier this year.
The glamorous who is the first post-operative contestant to compete in the Miss New Zealand beauty pageant, describes the concept as not being outdated but ‘actually.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Arielle said: ‘The pageant was an amazing experience! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for the longest time so to actually live out my dream has been amazing!’ Arielle, who is studying for a fashion design bachelor’s degree, revealed coming out as a woman was more ‘terrific than telling people about being a man.
She explained that despite being aware that the way people view her would change, she decided to be openly to avoid having any regrets in later life. Arielle said: ‘I’d already spent the formative years of my life as the wrong gender, I didn’t want to waste my twenties in the wrong body either.
‘This way of thinking really helped me come out to my parents because I knew that whatever their reaction was, this was something I needed to do for myself.’
The 26-year-old, who began in 2017, was initially out by her family, who struggled to support her decision. When Arielle’s parents found out she was undergoing hormone treatment, they gave two choices – stop or leave home.
That night she packed everything she owned into a black bag and walked out, not knowing what would become of her.
‘My life turned upside down when but I would rather go through as a woman than have an easy life as a man,’ she said. ‘Whatever the universe wants to throw at me – do it.’
Arielle, who was raised by the church to believe she would rot in for wanting to be a woman, has suffer severe bouts of sad and contemplated taking her own life.
But despite the hardship, she chose to live life unapologetically and now says she’s happy, not scared, and here to stay as a woman. Although New Zealand’s health system does allow for publicly funded gender-affirming operation, in some cases, the process to gain approval is arduous and the waiting list is long. So Arielle elected to go to Thailand and pay paid $15,000 for the ‘top to bottom’ procedure.
Achieving the title of Miss Intercontinental New Zealand 2020 is not unprecedented when it comes to pageants around the globe Ángela Maria Ponce Camacho became the first woman to compete in the Miss Universe contest after claiming the title of Miss Spain in 2018.
Before that, one of Arielle’s hero’s Jenna Talackova, won a lengthy legal struggle in 2012 which allowed her to compete in the Miss Canada pageant.
‘People think it’s world peace and fake smiles but the women who compete are beautiful on the inside. They’re out doing stuff in their communities. They’re educated. For me, they’re like and I always wanted to be like that,’ she told the NZ Herald.
Born in the Philippines and emigrating as a toddler, Arielle said Filipinos see beauty pageants the same way Kiwis view rugby. She has received a stream of praise from fans on Instagram since being crowned, as many admit they’re ‘proud’ of her accomplishment.
One person wrote: ‘Congratulations my friend so beautiful’ ‘Ohhh myyy new idol. So happy for you my sister. Congratulations! Greetings from Australia and Philippines,’ another comments. A third added:
‘I am so proud of you Ari. Raise our flag, good luck’ Recently, New Zealand has introduced a number of controversial new curriculum guidelines which enables school children to choose their own gender and pronounces. Although the initiative has received some backlash, Arielle says it’s not something anyone should worry about.’They’re not asking you to with them, it won’t change your daily life. You won’t lose anything by being kind, loving and supportive,’ she said.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Rene Ames – Good luck to her! But somehow she looks more Filipino than a “halfie.” Definitely nothing wrong with it. Just out of curiosity, is she perhaps descended from a New Zealander-Maori parent; you know, from the indigenous tribe of that island nation? From this video and from of the photos in it, her face does not display any strong New Zealander-Caucasian features.
Faleen Fedol – WOW….what a beauty…i have to sit down tonight and read the article….but from what little i have read so far, i wish her everything good in life….Health, Love, Happiness, & Peace.
Kerrie Hanlon-Delas – And she’s fortunate because she “passes”. Many would never know. Think how damn hard it is, when youre not as beautiful as the lady above? You still deserve to live your authentic life in peace.
Eyal Neumann – I am not particularly impressed with an achievement that appear to be related to mostly skin deep features of a person. Since she is a i will assume she would want to be treated like any other woman. So why should we add this qualifier to her? She is just another woman that won a pageant.
Alina Neamţu – So much hate in the comment section.
Are you guys ok? She’s living her best life and not disable anyone, instead of wasting her life with rude comments online. Get a hobby and you may feel better about your life.
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