27-year-old Kataluna Enriquez, who won the Miss Nevada USA beauty pageant on Sunday, has made history by becoming the first person born as a biological male and now identifying as a woman to do so.
What is more, Enriquez, a Filipina American, has thus received the right to compete in the Miss USA contest and will become the first transgender woman to do so.
Several months ago, the beauty queen won the title of Miss Silver State USA.
Caitlyn Jenner was one of the judges
Kataluna Enriquez has been competing in beauty pageants for a while now.
His first try was back in 2016 but at a transgender pageant.
This led her to triumph as Transnation Queen USA.
Back then one of the judges in the contest was another transgender woman, Caitlyn Jenner who is currently competing as a Republican candidate in the 2021 recall election against California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom.
Yahoo! News reports that Kataluna Enriquez has numerous other accomplishments besides winning transgender and non-transgender beauty pageants.
For example, she designs her own gowns, which she also wore during the Miss Nevada USA contest, she works as a healthcare administrator, and she is also a human rights advocate.
In her capacity as Miss Silver USA, Enriquez also launched a public campaign entitle #BEVISIBLE, which is supposed to defeat “hate through vulnerability.”
A rising trend
Enriquez is praised by the liberal media for breaking barriers and supporting LGBTQ+ youth and nonprofit organizations, especially considering her background as a person who has survived physical and sexual abuse.
Enriquez’s pageant win has come against the backdrop of other public “milestones” for biological males who identify as women in the past couple of years.
Back in 2017, Playboy named Ines Rau its first transgender playmate, and in 2018 Angela Ponce became the first transgender contestant in Miss Universe.
In 2019, Brazilian Valentina Sampaio became an underwear model for Victoria’s secret.
In 2020, Sampaio was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.
If Kataluna Enriquez gets crowned Miss USA in the pageant on November 9, 2021, she will become the second biological male to compete in the Miss Universe contest.
Enriquez told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that her differences are making her unique, and her uniqueness is taking her wherever she is supposed to be in her life.
Many more seem likely to follow Kataluna Enriquez on her trail of beauty pageants and beyond - as Pride Month is becoming more omnipresent and the transgender policies of the Biden administration are increasingly taking hold.