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Trantasia (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 June 2006 (USA)
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Las Vegas promoters planning a review starring Jahna Steele invited transgender women to participate in "The World's Most Beautiful Transsexual Pageant," a two-day contest from which eight ... See full summary »

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Erica Andrews ... Herself
Cassandra Cass ... Herself
... Herself
Maria Roman ... Herself
Tiara Russell ... Herself
Dorae Saunders ... Herself
Jahna Steele ... Herself
Cezanne ... Herself
Alecia Cienega ... Herself
Tara Willow Deasy ... Herself
Ruby Kay ... Herself
Kristina Marie ... Herself
Marie ... Herself
Katella Dash ... Herself (as Delilah Paris)
Tamalah Taylor ... Herself
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Las Vegas promoters planning a review starring Jahna Steele invited transgender women to participate in "The World's Most Beautiful Transsexual Pageant," a two-day contest from which eight or so women would be offered jobs in the review. About 20 women arrive for all-night rehearsals and the pageant itself: swimsuit, evening gown, and talent competition, the selection of eight finalists and three prize winners. We follow the women backstage and get in-depth profiles of six: two from Chicago and one each from LA, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Columbia, South Carolina. We meet their families, and we learn about their lives and their journeys of self-discovery and acceptance. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com> and Clavain

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References The Fifth Element (1997) See more »

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Blue Danube Waltz
Written by Johann Strauss
Performed by Strauss Festival Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos
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Good movie but needed more.
11 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

I just finished watching this film and it was quite good for a documentary. I was very impressed by the range of the women in the pageant, and very impressed with the level that they competed at. They were like Miss America contestants.

Some were run of the mill drag show queens, then there were serious performers and even novices. Clearly they didn't turn many girls away from the competition.

It's interesting that someone commented that they didn't see anyone being discriminated against in the film; naturally they aren't going to show the dark underbellies of the pageant world. But it's pretty common in competitions that feature white and black contestants. That is why they have all black pageants, so women of color have a chance to win. When the winner was a blond haired, blue eyed, size 4 Barbie doll; I wasn't shocked--but I felt the hurt up there on that stage. There were women who were intensely beautiful that didn't even place. I know it was a slap in the face, but welcome to womanhood ladies! Overall it was informative and interesting. Worth seeing.


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