A Christian-Arab ballet dancer originally from Nazareth on Friday was crowned Miss Trans Israel.

Talin Abu-Hana (also spelled Ta'alin Abu Hanna and Tallinn Abu Hana in various press reports) beat out 12 contestants competing to win the nation's first beauty pageant, including Carolin Khoury, an Israeli-Arab from Tel Aviv, and Eileen Ben-Zaken, who was born in Jerusalem to a Jewish-Orthodox family.

“It is history,” Abu-Hana told the audience after being crowned. “Today's date is history for the state of Israel. And I will take it to the highest place possible. To another step forward in the transgender community's path, so we will be accepted and be seen as humans.”

Hanna will represent Israel at the Miss Trans Star International pageant in Barcelona, Spain in September.

This week's pageant marks the start of Tel Aviv Pride. More than 180,000 people are expected to flock to the largest Pride Parade in the Middle East. The theme for this year's Tel Aviv Pride events is “Women for a Change.”