Judges at Israeli pageant want contestants with ‘the transgender look’

Madlen Matar, a contestant in the first Miss Trans Israel beauty pageant, uses her smartphone during rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The pageant will be held at HaBima, Israel's national theater, in Tel Aviv on Friday. Tel Aviv has emerged as one of the world's most LGBT-friendly travel destinations, standing in sharp contrast to most of the rest of the Middle East, where gays can face persecution. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Madlen Matar, a contestant in the first Miss Trans Israel beauty pageant, uses her smartphone during rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The pageant will be held at HaBima, Israel’s national theater, in Tel Aviv on Friday. Tel Aviv has emerged as one of the world’s most LGBT-friendly travel destinations, standing in sharp contrast to most of the rest of the Middle East, where gays can face persecution. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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