Coming Out Of The Closet
L'Officiel India|February 2021
The beauty of fashion is that it treats everyone as equal and emanates liberation. Here’s how this creative force became the biggest asset for Miss Trans Queen 2020 winner Shaine Soni.
Priyamvada Rana

Fashion is a way of cultural expression. It is a powerful tool for self-liberation and a medium that can usher progressive ideas. That’s how Miss Trans Queen 2020 winner Shaine Soni has expounded her fashion sensibilities by taking refuge in fashion that exudes comfort and lets her be free.

The NIFT graduate who is a fashion designer, blogger and stylist was coaching Miss Trans Queen India contests for past three years but never thought that one day she’d be rocking on the same stage until the organizer of the pageant Mrs. Reena Rai approached her to participate. “It was not in my bucket list but Rai has been a dear friend to me. She said she will not be able to conduct a physical pageant or send a representative from India, so they persuaded me to step up and accept the crown.” Rai felt Shaine as a pre-eminent choice as she has been a coach for the pageant from long and emanated the right confidence, skill-set and temperament that’s needed to participate at Ms. International Queen pageant to be held in Thailand in May with contestants from 50 countries racing up for the crown.

Being part of the all-India level pageant gave Shaine an incredible opportunity to be vocal about her identity as a trans woman. Born biologically male, she had effeminate mannerisms and grew up to be identified as a female. “I was never outspoken about me being a trans girl ever. So I too felt that this was the right time to open up at a national stage and look forward to owning the world by bringing Ms. International Queen crown home.”

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