Yonlada Suanyos beat out two male opponents to win a seat as councillor for local government in Nan province in northern Thailand.
The 30-year-old Katoey said her position on the Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) Council will help her work better with the government while solving problems concerning the rights of women and trans-female groups.
Suanyot, nickname NOK, is a former beauty pageant winner and a photographic model. But in Thailand she is perhaps best known as the singer "Posh Venus
" in an all-transgender pop group called