15 May '11, 5am

Thai transgender singing sensation says: 'I'll make it as a woman' it ok to be different..

Thai transgender singing sensation says: 'I'll make it as a woman' it ok to be different..

PHOTO: Courtesy of Bell Nuntita Two months ago, Nuntrita Khampriranon was a virtual unknown. In just one week, Nuntrita - now known as Bell Nuntita - turned into an Internet sensation after a video of her singing audition on Thailand's Got Talent went viral, attracting nearly 4 millions view to date. Bell, who kicked off her song in a soulful female voice, shocked the audience when she switched midway to a male voice. Singing, she told The New Paper in a phone interview, was what helped her to forget the hurtful words and painful beatings she received when her furious father found out his only son was turning into a woman. Bell said: "In school, I was ridiculed and bullied for being effeminate. At home, my dad would beat me up and threatened to kill me. He felt shameful because he expected me to enrol in the army, like he and my grandpa did." More in The New Paper on Sunda...

Full article: http://tnp.sg/content/bell-nuntita

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