Transgender Woman Becomes Miss Intercontinental New Zealand 2020 After Being Disowned by Her Family

Arielle Keil, the winner of Miss Intercontinental New Zealand 2020, was the first transgender woman to be crowned this title. She made history in the land of the Kiwis and was over the moon with happiness with her success. But her life wasn’t exactly as smooth as you think.

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1Arielle was born a boy

Arielle was born a male named Andrew in Davao City, in the Philippines. However, Arielle grew up in Auckland New Zealand. She started making the transition back in 2017, but this wasn’t approved by her family.

Arielle was born a boy

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2Her family disowned her when she transitioned

When her family found out about her transition, they disowned her and kicked her out of their home. Even without any support from her family she still managed to succeed and flourish by winning the Miss Intercontinental New Zealand title. Besides being the first post-op trans person to win this title, she was also the first post-op trans woman to compete in the Miss New Zealand beauty pageant.

Her family disowned her when she transitioned

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3Arielle won the Miss Intercontinental New Zealand 2020

After undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 2020, Arielle thrived in her career as a model. The greatest point in her life was when she became New Zealand’s Miss Intercontinental 2020. Now, at the age of 26, she’s more joyous and confident than ever with her beauty being recognized and appreciated by many people. Winning this title was a major stepping stone in her career as she will now advance to represent the country in the Miss Intercontinental pageant. Arielle expressed her joy by saying, “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 won the Miss Intercontinental New Zealand 2020

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4Arielle became the first trans and Filipino woman to hold this title

“When I heard I was crowned Miss Intercontinental NZ, it was a surreal feeling! It didn’t feel real then and even to this day it doesn’t feel real sometimes!” Arielle said. She went on to express her happiness by saying- “This is a thought I have several times a day whilst looking in the mirror whilst clothed in an oversized hoodie and a scrunchie to keep my mane of hair in a messy bun, Little old Ari is a beauty queen. Me. From the middle of nowhere. That’s so strange.’ It’s hard to wrap my head around as it hasn’t really changed the way I see myself which is just a regular girl.”

Arielle became the first trans and Filipino woman to hold this title

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