A beauty contest in Nicaragua has crowned a 22-year-old designer as Miss Gay 2012, a competition to choose “the queen of the transvestites.”

The event was held at the Ruben Dario National Theater, the first time the space opened to an LGBT event, according to Luis Morales, the director of Institute of Nicaraguan Culture. It displays, according to him, “a strong sense of sexual diversity” as it continues to “conquer new spaces.”

The thirteen finalists used faux bust and pseudo-butts in order to take part in the swimsuit round, later dressed up in lavish evening gowns for the finale. The event included pre-choreographed dance sequences, and fashion catwalks, according to the Associated Press.

The winner, Laveleska Dredrish, wore an aqua-marine mermaid style dress, and vowed in a statement to continue fighting for LGBT rights. The judges for the event included President Daniel Ortega’s stepdaughter, Zoilamerica Narvaez, which local media has interpreted as a positive sign for equal rights in the country.

Nicaragua introduced a new legislation which legalised gay sex in March, 2008.