A transgender woman has become the first person in the history of the contest to win the title of Miss Nevada USA, a monumental milestone for the LGBTQIA community.
On Sunday, Kataluna Enriquez, 27, beat 21 other contestants to win the crown held at the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. In addition, she will be the first openly transgender woman to compete for the title of Miss USA.
“Congratulations to our new Miss Nevada USA @mskataluna History made!” Miss Nevada USA wrote on her Instagram page alongside a photo of Enriquez in a sparkly sequined rainbow dress with her new crown and new belt.
Prior to the affair, the contest queen revealed that she actually created the dress herself through her own clothing design imprint, KatalunaKouture.
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“In honor of pride month and all those who don’t have the chance to show off their colors,” she wrote of the flowy dress, adding five heart-shaped emojis representing the colors. pride.
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Her biography on the Miss Silver State USA Instagram account notes that she “has battled several challenges in her life” and is now “using her life experiences” for her #BEVISIBLE platform, which is a “campaign to combat hatred by vulnerability “.
The page continues: “As a survivor of physical and sexual abuse and a proud Transwoman of color, she aims to break down barriers and represent those who are not always represented and continues to support many nonprofits and organizations. LGBTQ + youth. “
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Enriquez will now compete for the Miss USA title in November.
The health administrator and designer praised the victory in an Instagram post on Monday, posting a “huge thank you to everyone who supported me from day one.”
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“My community, you are always in my heart. My victory is our victory,” she added. “We have just made history. Happy pride,” she wrote.
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