Trans woman wins Miss Nevada, now ready to compete in Miss USA: reports
A transgender woman has won the title of Miss Nevada USA for the first time in the history of the contest, according to reports.
Filipino-American Kataluna Enriquez was crowned the winner on Sunday in the competition held in Las Vegas. Enriquez beat 21 other candidates to represent Nevada in the upcoming Miss USA pageant in November, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“A big thank you to everyone who supported me from day one,” Enriquez wrote on Instagram on Monday. “My community, you are always in my heart. My victory is our victory. We have just made history. Happy pride.”
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The 27-year-old is expected to be the first openly transgender woman to compete for the title of Miss USA, according to CNN. If Enriquez wins, the point of sale reported that she would be the second trans woman to participate in the Miss Universe pageant after Spain’s Angela Ponce in 2018.
On Monday, Miss Trans Global 2020 Mela Habijan took to Twitter to congratulate Enriquez after his big win.
“Our trans pinay sister Kataluna Enriquez made history today! She won Miss Nevada 2021,” Habijan wrote. “She will be the first trans woman to compete in the Miss USA! Yaaaaassss!”
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In March, Enriquez became the first transgender person to win Miss Silver State USA – the biggest preliminary competition for the Miss Nevada USA pageant, according to the paper.
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“One thing that is important to me is inclusiveness, diversity and representation. It’s something that I didn’t have growing up and that is still missing in today’s world,” said Enriquez. after this victory. “Today, I am a proud transgender woman of color. Personally, I have learned that my differences don’t make me less than, they make me more than.”
The Miss USA pageant will take place on November 29.