Miss USA, Jazell Barbie Royale, Crowned Miss
International Queen 2019
Jazell Barbie Royale from Orlando, Florida, made history on Friday by
becoming the first Miss USA, as well as the first black transgender woman, to win the
coveted Miss International Queen 2019 (มิสอินเตอร์เนชั่นแนลควีน
2019) in Pattaya, Thailand.
Jazell also won the Best Talent title,
delighting the audience with a brief, but awe inspiring display of
her singing prowess.
Jazell's victory will surprise few that have met and spoken with her, as not only is she beautiful, Jazell is also
confident, intelligent and driven with the goal of improving the lives of
others. All key ingredients that the VIP panel of judges at
MIQ2019 will have been looking for in the winner.
But it wasn't easy. Jazell has been wanting to
compete in this particular tournament for 5 years now, but it was
only this year that everything came together to make that
Competition was also particularly strong, with the last
six contestants being: Miss Thailand, Miss Vietnam, Miss Malaysia,
Miss USA, Miss China and Miss Japan. It was Miss China and Jazell,
as Miss USA,
who stood out the most in that round as they both gave incredibly
strong, emotional and intelligent speeches in English that will have moved
the hearts and minds of everyone watching.
When the final three
contestants were called - Miss China, Miss Thailand and Miss USA -
many will have been wondering whether Miss China had shaken things
up enough to claim victory, or had the very photogenic Miss
Thailand, boosted by home support, managed to sneak ahead.
"I cannot wrap my mind around the impact on the
world it would make for me to win," said Jazell to Steven Howard,
just 24 hours before winning (full interview below). "It was hard coming here to
Thailand to compete for this pageant because there was no one else
in the past that has won that looks like me, there was no one in
the pageant this year that looks like me, or even close. So, that
was kind of hard and I've sometimes I have had my doubts, I've had
feelings like am I wasting my time, will I be treated equally,
would I even be considered the winner. But the impact it would
have on me winning is I would be able to inspire so many people
other people out there."
In her final speech of the evening before being
crowned, Jazell spoke about her fight against HIV and the need for
improved education about drugs that are available to help prevent
the spread of the disease.
Being crowned Miss International Queen 2019 is
just the beginning of something much larger, and I have no doubt
that we will hear a lot more from Jazell Barbie Royale in the next
twelve months, and well into the future beyond.
Miss International Queen 2019
- Interview with Miss USA
In this exclusive interview filmed on 7 March 2019, one
day before the Grand Final,
Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Jazell why she has come so far to compete, why
she chose Miss International Queen, who she feels is her
strongest competitor, and what it would mean for her to be crowned
Miss International Queen 2019.