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Thai lady boy, 26, beats hundreds of women to make final of modelling competition but judges had no idea she was born a man

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Pretty Angkookrat Warangnam beat hundreds of women to make it into the final of a modelling competition - and then shocked organisers by revealing she was born a man.

The Thai lady boy, known as Toon, entered Brighton’s Next Hot Model contest.

She sailed through the preliminary rounds, wowing judges with her deep brown eyes, long dark hair and slimline figure.

After being given the green light by every member of the panel, the 26-year-old revealed she was born a man.

Organisers including Scott Woolgar have allowed her to continue because they say the contest is about beauty, regardless of Toon's sex.

Mr Woolgar said: 'During the selection process it did not cross any of our minds for a minute that she was a man.

'I know a lot of judges showed pictures to friends and family to get a bit of help and nobody twigged.'

Mr Woolgar added: 'When we were deciding who to put through to the final she was on everybody’s list. Everyone thought she was one of the prettiest girls.

'The competition is based on approach, looks and personality and Toon has all of that.

'It is about beauty pure and simple regardless of whether Toon was born male or female.

'We believe beauty is more than skin deep and would be honoured to have Toon in our final.'

Bangkok-born Toon, who has performed with the Lady Boys of Bangkok show for three years, will be up against 11 other catwalk finalists on Friday, May 25.

If she is selected by the six-strong judging panel, which features modelling star Sophie Anderton, she will win a trip to Dubai and the chance to star in her own professional photo shoot.

Leggy Toon, who is listed as male on her passport, is single.

Toon said: 'I feel humbled to make it through to the final and to be recognised as a woman.

Pretty Angkookrat Warangnam,
Pretty Angkookrat Warangnam, known as Toon, beat hu

Contender: Angkookrat Warangnam, known as Toon, hopes to win the Brighton's Next Hot Model competition

'I’m excited and nervous about how hard it will be to win the whole thing.

'I saw a couple of beautiful girls when I went to the heats so I know there will be lots of competition. I will try my best to win.'

Lady Boys of Bangkok artistic director Phillip Gandey was proud of his star’s achievement:

He said: 'It seems like they didn’t realise Toon was a lady boy but our lady boys are so beautiful that every day people pass them on the street and don’t realise these girls were born as men.

'Brighton’s Next Hot Model says it is looking for hot boys and hot girls and we think Toon is a great contestant.'

Good looks: Brighton's Next Hot Model organiser Scott Woolgar said it did not cross anybody's minds that Angkookrat Warangnam was born a man

Good looks: Brighton's Next Hot Model organiser Scott Woolgar said it did not cross anybody's minds that Angkookrat Warangnam was born a man



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