Contestants in the first Israeli pageant for transgender women, to be held on May 27. Eitan Tal

Transcending Beauty: Israeli Beauty Pageant for Transgender Women Signals Desire for Normalcy

Natural femininity is what the organizers of Miss Trans Israel 2016 are looking for, but beyond looks, they hope the winner will be someone who can represent the community, and that the contest will help improve the lives of trans women in Israel.

The 12 women posing for their photos in Eitan Tal’s Tel Aviv studio have quite diverse looks. Some have soft facial features while others show signs of the cosmetic and surgical interventions they have gone...

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