New Delhi: 22-year-old transgender woman Archie Singh became the first Indian to be crowned as 2nd runner-up at Miss International Trans 2021, held in Columbia, South America. The Delhi resident shared some great moments from the event on Instagram.
Singh shared a picture on Instagram from the crown ceremony and expressed her feelings in the caption, “Accept my heartfelt gratitude for all of your support and love in my new journey. I would like to thank you for being my well-wisher. All of your support and cooperation have made me more strong so that I tried my best to make all of you proud. Many thanks for making me something out of nothing. Love & respect.”
In a talk with CitySpidey, Singh said, “In the initial phase, it was very difficult for me as there was passport issue. According to law, the passport has another gender option for trans but later I got a female passport and I was the first trans woman to take a female passport and that was a very proud moment for me.”
“My country supported me thoroughly. My friends and family were happy and proud of me. My family always supported me and that's why I am here as 2nd runner-up at Miss International Trans 2021,” she added.
She shared, “Language barrier was one of the major problems in Columbia because most of them speak Spanish not English. It was very difficult for me to understand and communicate with my co-contestants and judges. The translation machine did not give proper feedback to judges.”
“Columbia's local voters supported me and when I showed the culture of India, they chanted India-India, which was a very proud moment for me. I love my country so much,” she said.
Singh also shared that she admired Manushi Chhillar, Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, and Lara Dutta. “These women are my inspiration and I learned from them to be confident and never give up,” she said.
Trans women social worker, model, and an entrepreneur, Urooz Hussain said, “After the annulment of Article 377, we made our own space in society. It was a very proud moment for our country and very good for our community. I appreciate and support all my trans friends who are in mainstream media. It's a proud moment for all of us.”
“I wish Archie Singh the best of luck. I hope she would make India proud and also break the stereotypes,” Hussain said
Last time, a trans woman Angel Maria Ponce Camacho, from Spain had created history at an international pageant. She represented her country at the Miss Universe pageant in 2018 as the first transgender competing for the title.