MANILA, Philippines - Despite the clamor for gender equality around the world and in the beauty pageant scene as well, recently hailed Miss International Queen 2012 Kevin Balot believes that exceptions to this are still needed.
In light of the controversial inclusion of transgender contestant Jenna Talackova in Miss Universe Canada's roster of aspiring beauty queens last May, Balot said that transgender women should give way to natural born women in such competitions.
''Siguro kailangan 'yung mga transsexual eh ireserve nalang ang world respect sa mga natural born woman [para sa mga ganong kompetisyon],'' said Balot in a live interview on ''Umagang Kay Ganda'' Thursday.
She added, ''Parang magrespect na lang tayo sa mga woman and meron tayong mga sisters and mothers.''
The beauty titlist further pointed out that ''meron naman kaming mga transsexual na sariling international beauty pageant gaya ng Miss International Queen.''
Recall that Balot made history by becoming the first Filipino to be crowned Miss International Queen. It was her first time to join an international pageant.
''Napakablessed at napakalucky ko for long long years na inaasam ng mga transsexual beauty queens ang korona for Miss International eh at least nakuha ko na. Unexpected talaga,'' said the 21-year-old.
Along with the crown and the recognition, Balot was also adjudged the tilt's ''Most Photogenic.'' As top winner, he bagged US$10,000 and other gifts as part of his prize.
A lot of people are curious about his final question and answer that led him to clinch the title so he shared details on ''UKG.''
'''If there is one word that best describes the Miss International Queen 2012 what would that be and why?''' Balot recalled.
''Tapos my answer is I believe my dear friends that all the candidates are equally beautiful and talented but the best word that describe me as a Miss International Queen is being simple because being simple makes me simply the best.''