Tomboy beauty pageant in the Philippines causes an internet sensation


Photo: Twitter: @TMTomboy

A Philippines television show featuring a new style of beauty pageant has become an internet sensation.

BuzzFeed reports that a segment on the hit midday program It's Showtime, called “That's My Tomboy” - where lesbian women compete in front of a live audience - sparked a social media storm when it debuted in early October. By the end of the month, the hashtag #thatsmytomboy was trending on Twitter internationally.

“That’s My Tomboy” follows a similar template to mainstream beauty pageants - just with less tottering, more swaggering. Each contestant introduces themselves and performs a talent, followed by a question and answer segment. Screaming fans and family members holding handmade placards cheer on their favourite ‘tomboy’ from the audience, while a panel of judges nod solemnly from the sidelines.


LGBT advocates have praised the show for finding an innovative and entertaining way to educate audiences about lesbian culture. Charice, the Filipino singing sensation who came out in May to much fanfare, is a big fan of the segment and contestants often reference her as source of inspiration.


2013 heralds a converging of gender identities, which has created a new kind of fashion freedom. 


Photo: Twitter: @TMTomboy

ElleBazaarVogue, and the many other monthlies fill glossy pages with “menswear inspired” designs. Look no further than Dior’s stunning new ad campaign, where Jennifer Lawrence channels her inner tomboy.

Earlier this week, a raunchy crotch-to-crotch photo shoot for OOB Magazine featuring transgender model Ines Rau and Make Me A Supermodel judge, Tyson Beckford’s made headlines.

A new range of mini suits for tomboy flower girls prove you’re never too young to bust stuffy gendered conventions. 

Source: BuzzFeedAfter Ellen


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