Dubis Yepez, professional stylist and beauty salon owner, will be crowned Gay Queen of Carnival in Cartagena next month.
El Tiempo asked Yepez if he had always dreamed of becoming a queen, to which he responded, “We all dream of being queen of something. But my reign will also have a social component: to work to change the image of trans people in Colombia.”
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Yepez came out of the closet at the age of 17, but says he had always known that he wanted to be a woman. His parents had trouble understanding, but Yepez was already living independently when they found out.
The new queen-to-be has had breast implants and liposuction, but has not had full sex-change surgery.
Yepez plans to pay his respects to the former queen of Barranquilla, Estercita Forero, during this year’s carnival.