Meet the first transgender woman to enter beauty pageant

Transgender female Mandy Leigh Jones is proud of her 186 tattoos.
Transgender female Mandy Leigh Jones is proud of her 186 tattoos. Inga Williams

THIS weekend marks a major milestone for Logan's Mandy Leigh Jones.

She will be the first transgender woman to take part in the Miss Ink Australia pageant.

Featured earlier this year in The Logan Reporter, Miss Jones is a 52-year-old Logan Reserve resident, living the life of a happy, proud woman.

She was born a boy in September 1963, and wrestled with gender dysphoria.

Two years ago Ms Jones underwent a full gender reassignment by Dr Sarahn in Thailand.

Her entry into this weekend's pageant is further confirmation that Ms Jones is the woman she always knew she was.

"I'm so proud to be entering this," she said.

"At the moment I am the highest running entrant.

"It's run like a normal beauty pageant - with day wear, swim wear and evening wear, but they also look at your tattoo work."

Ms Jones said she hoped her "beautiful" tattoo work would see her take out the title.

"I got my first tattoo at 13, but they've all been covered up now," she said.

"My body is completely covered."

Ms Jones boasts 186 tattoos, and says every one means something to her.

"They all mean something specific in my life and my change," she said.

"It's been my expression of womanhood."

Ms Jones hopes to win the Brisbane heat and head to the grand finals in Canberra in October.

"I'm just hoping to get there," she said.

"All of my outfits have been personally designed and made by my partner Carmen Allen."

The event takes place this Saturday night at the Woolly Mammoth Hotel.

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