4. Talleen Abu Hanna.

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Undoubtably one of the most intriguing people of the year, Talleen Abu Hanna is an Arab Christian Israeli from Nazareth who won the first ever transgender beauty contest in the country and represented it in the annual Miss Trans Star International. She won second Miss Trans Star International and already starred in a denim campaign in Europe. While she says that “being transgender in the Arab sector is impossible,” the beauty queen was not shy of documenting her SRS surgery in Tailand in October this year. A week ago, she went into the Israeli Big Brother house to compete in the 8th season of the successful reality show.

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