Chen Lili (or Lili Chen), born in February 1980, is a Chinese transsexual singer, model and actress, who became widely known in 2004 when she competed in beauty pageants as a woman.
Chen Lili was born in a peasant family at Yilong County, Nanchong City of Sichuan Province of China. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in November 2003. It is believed that Chen Lili is the first transsexual woman to attempt to compete in the Miss Universe contest in 2004.
The Miss Universe-China committee initially announced that she would be allowed to participate, but later they reversed their decision on the ground that she was not a ‘natural female’. Though not allowed to compete, Chen was given the opportunity to perform at the event.
In late 2004, Chen competed in China's first Miss Artificial Beauty pageant and finished as the second runner up.
News reports are not clear as to whether Chen attempted to enter the contest, or she was rejected by the Miss World Pageant or the Miss Universe Pageant.