Ta’alin Abu Hanna has become the first ever winner of the Miss Trans Star pageant in Israel.

The 21 year old, who hails from Nazareth, described the pageant as “historic” as she was crowned the first ever winner. After the pageant she said herself to be a proud “Iraeli Arab.”

“If I had not been in Israel and had been elsewhere — in Palestine or in any other Arab country — I might have been oppressed or I might have been in prison or murdered,” she added.

Earlier in the year protesters criticized the Miss Gay and Ms Transsexual Australia pageant for offering gender reassignment surgery as the winner’s prize.

Despite this Miss Trans Star pageant organizer Stephanie Lev said, “things were improving” for trans women.

(Image courtesy of pinknews.co.uk)