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Brazil's transgender beauty pageant

Published 4:39 PM ET, Tue October 22, 2013
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Raika Ferraz smiles after winning the Miss T Brazil transgender beauty pageant on Monday, October 21. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Contestants take part in a rehearsal Monday before the start of the pageant in Rio de Janeiro. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
This was the second year of the pageant, which is organized by the Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals in Rio de Janeiro. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
A candidate prepares in the dressing room during the event. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Competing for the title of Miss T Brazil were 28 contestants under the age of 35. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
A candidate performs on stage during the swimsuit portion of the pageant. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Candidates react after being selected as finalists. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
The winner of Miss T Brazil goes on to participate in the Miss International Queen pageant, a global competition for transgender contestants. That will be held November 1 this year in Pattaya, Thailand. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Finalists wait to hear the announcement of the winner. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Ferraz, right, waits to hear the announcement of the winner. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images