Israel holds its first transgender beauty contest

Israeli drag queens perform during the annual Gay Pride Parade on a street of Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP)

Nearly 30 transgender women are competing to become the first "Miss Trans Israel."

Contestants strutted down the catwalk at a Tel Aviv club on Thursday wearing skinny jeans, crop tops and stiletto heels.

Tel Aviv has emerged as one of the world's most gay-friendly travel destinations. The Israeli city stands in sharp contrast to most of the rest of the Middle East, where gays are persecuted or even killed in some places.

Finalists will compete at a pageant in May, and the winner will represent Israel at the Miss Trans Star International pageant to be held in Spain in August.

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