Camille Anderson is known as United States’ representative in the Miss International Queen. The event is the world’s prestigious pageant for transgender women and Anderson is living her dreams as she prepares to compete against beauty queens from all over the world.
Below are fast facts of Anderson and why she serves as an inspiration to every young women and transgender women out there.
Camille Anderson: Previously Known As Mark Cordeta
25 years ago, Camille Anderson was known as Mark Cordeta. Her hometown was in Tacloban City in the Philippines.
In an article by CNN, Anderson describes her childhood where she preferred to play with girls rather than boys. By the age of 8 or 9, she said she was trying on heels and bras in her mom’s closet.
Since her family is a devout Catholic, it was obvious enough that her family knew she was different. They all thought she was gay but they didn’t talk about it much. Anderson even described the whole ordeal as a “don’t ask, don’t tell” kind of situation.
Anderson was afraid what her family would say about her being different as well as what other people branded her. So as not to be bullied at school, Anderson would act straight and hide his true self. It wasn’t until she was 21 years old and immigrated to the United States did she start showing her feminine side to the public.
Anderson is 36 years old and married to Marco Hudec. She married him in 2013 in an outdoor ceremony and they live in Torrance, California where she works as a registered nurse.
In the interview, Anderson spoke fondly of her husband. According to her, it was Hudec who encouraged her to join and compete in beauty pageants. Anderson admitted that she never had any confidence. It was her husband who believed in her more than she believed in herself. Isn’t that sweet?
Titles And Awards
This isn’t the first time that Anderson has joined a pageant. In fact, she’s already a natural at it having won three national and local beauty pageants. Her titles include Queen USA 2014, Los Angeles Pride 2014 and Queen of the Universe 2015.
She’s off to win Miss International Queen in Thailand, her first big event, and we wish Camille Anderson and the rest of the contestants much luck and success in their journey. May these beautiful women serve as inspiration not only when it comes beauty but also for having confidence to all women across the world.