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Our MS TS AUSTRALIA 2010, CHELSEY MIKIMOTO was recently featured in a national Singapore paper… LINKS AS FOLLOWS:
CHELSEY ON TOP DOWN UNDER
S’pore-born Miss Transsexual Australia says her parents are proud of her
By Charlene Chua
September 29, 2010
HERE is a little-known fact – the winner of Miss Transsexual Australia 2010, Australia’s first transgender beauty pageant – used to live near Orchard Road.
Ms Chelsey Mikimoto was born in Singapore to a Malay-Dutch mother and a Chinese-Japanese father.
She migrated with her family to Australia in the mid-90s at age 10.
Now an Australian, the show producer, illusionist and cabaret performer – her productions include Divas Of Asia, Shanghai Follies and Tiger Lilies – resides in Melbourne.
Ms Mikimoto, who is in her 20s, told The New Paper: ‘I was born to a family of conservative, working professional parents.
‘However, they have since accepted me and are proud that I am a filial daughter and have a successful career.’
Of her experience in the pageant, she said: ‘It was humbling…meeting beautiful and talented people who feel that there is a place in society for transsexuals.’
Ms Mikimoto, who speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese, added that it was the pageant’s organiser who had approached her to take part in the competition.
People she worked with in the entertainment sector also egged her on.
However, she admitted that she never thought she would win.
After all, that vision seemed so far away from the life she once led here.
‘I grew up in a middle-class suburb close to the city where Nintendo games, music videos and superbikes were all the rage.
‘Life then consisted of hot, balmy mornings listening to my neighbour’s piano recital a few doors away and watching my neighbours’ maids accompany their children to school.’
Although born biologically male, Ms Mikimoto said that she never identified with being one.
Growing up, she liked girlie things.
She dreamed of parading in beautiful gowns and experimented with her mother’s make-up and clothes.
One Christmas, she placed her name on the Barbie doll meant for a female cousin.
School, however, was an all-boys primary school here before the family moved to Australia.
Her fond memories of Singapore include sunny afternoons at Sentosa, watching uniform-clad national servicemen strolling with their girlfriends along Orchard Road and eating at Newton Hawker Centre.
But it wasn’t always a walk in the park where her parents were concerned.
When they first learnt that she had the desire to be a woman, her mother broke down.
Her father, she said, was more accepting of the news.
‘They did call me the next day and asked me what they could do for me. I told them not to worry.
‘All in all, it took them six months to come to terms with it. I finally went for a sex-change operation two years ago.’
She had visited a psychiatrist who diagnosed her with gender identity dysphoria – a condition in which individuals identify emotionally and psychologically with the other gender.
She moved to Australia at age 10
For five years before the surgery, she lived as a woman.
During that time, she underwent hormone replacement therapy to feminise her facial and bodily features.
Other than physical changes, she also took the time to ‘greatly reflect’ on what it meant to have the gender change.
Now, when Ms Mikimoto visits Singapore, she will proudly do so as a bona fide beauty queen.
She said that she no longer has any relatives living here.
She has also lost touch with her schoolmates here since she moved to Australia.
‘Each time I return to Singapore, I notice (there are) more skyscrapers and shopping centres.
‘Also, many of the stalls that I used to frequent at Newton Hawker Centre have all moved.’
S’porean to compete in Thai pageant
DO NOT call Cheryl Ng a transsexual.
Consider her a woman who wants to do Singapore proud in a transgender beauty pageant that will be held in Thailand in November.
Just last month, Ms Ng – better known to her local fans as Cheryl Isabella – was told via e-mail by the organisers of the Miss International Queen pageant that she has qualified as one of its 25 finalists.
The lone Singaporean in the group this year, she was chosen from a total of 1,000 international applicants.
Ms Ng, who is in her early 20s, said: ‘I want to make my views known on topics such as world peace, saving the environment, and age and gender discrimination.’
This is the sixth annual Miss International Queen pageant and Ms Ng is the fourth Singapore contestant to have taken part.
A model and illusionist, Ms Ng said that she was born a hermaphrodite and although she was classified as male at birth, she looked like a girl.
‘My face was a girl’s face and I had very fair skin. I also had very little hair on my arms and legs.’
The term hermaphrodite is used to describe a person who is born with ambiguous genitalia.
Ms Ng said that she dressed as a boy until she turned six and has ‘lived like a girl’ since then.
Because her birth certificate registered her as a boy, she wore the boy’s uniform when she attended a co-ed primary school.
The boys, she said, liked her because she looked like a girl even though she wore their uniform. She claimed that she’s had boyfriends since she was in Primary 5.
‘I have always lived my life as a normal girl and have many girl best friends. I don’t mix with transsexuals.
‘When I went for blood tests (before the sex-change operation), the doctors found that I had very high levels of female hormones. Also, my level of male hormones was one-tenth that found in a normal male’s body,’ she said.
Last April, Ms Ng completed her sex-change surgery which she said she had saved for since she was 15.
The operation, which included breast implants and was done in Thailand, cost ‘around $30,000’, she said.
Her supportive parents also helped her foot part of the cost.
Said Ms Ng, who’s currently single: ‘There are some ex-boyfriends whom I would rather forget about. And the truth is that I want to date a female-to-male transsexual.
‘They are very handsome and gentlemanly. There are also many guys chasing me at the moment. They message me on my Facebook account and say that they don’t mind that I’ve had a sex-change operation.’
She had met an ardent suitor some time back in her work as an illusionist here.
Some of the magic tricks that she has performed on stage include escaping from ropes and a strait jacket.
Ms Ng said the 21-year-old man comes from a wealthy family and has offered to buy her a house and a car.
But she said that she rejected his offer as she wants to take her time before jumping into another relationship.
‘For now, I want to focus on my dream of becoming a runway fashion director.
‘My life now is a far cry from when I dropped out of polytechnic as I was in depression.
‘Don’t call me a transsexual. Call me a girl.’