Fil-Am makes history as first transgender Miss USA candidate

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(Source: Kataluna Enriquez/Instagram)
(Source: Kataluna Enriquez/Instagram)

Filipino-American transgender woman Kataluna Enriquez will be the first openly transgender woman to compete for the title of Miss USA after being crowned Miss Nevada USA on Monday (July 28, Philippine time).

The 27-year-old stunned in a rainbow-inspired gown that she designed herself. The beauty queen and designer said she wore the gown "in honor of pride month, and all of those who don’t get a chance to spread their colors."

Enriquez, who bested 21 other candidates, will represent the Silver State, Nevada, in the upcoming Miss USA pageant which will be held on November 29.

"Congratulations to our new Miss Nevada USA," read the caption on a photo with Enriquez and the pageant's executive director, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler posted on the Miss Nevada USA Instagram page. "History made!" it added.

If she bags the Miss USA crown, she will be the second trans woman to join the Miss Universe pageant after Spain's Angela Ponce in 2018.

Fellow Filipina beauty queen Miss Trans Global 2020 Mela Habijan celebrated Enriquez's victory.

"Our trans Pinay sister, Kataluna Enriquez, made history today! She won Miss Nevada 2021. She will be the first trans woman to compete at the Miss USA Pageant!" she tweeted.

Filipino-American model and transgender-rights advocate Geena Rocero also congratulated her.

"Congrats, our trans Pinay!" Rocero captioned on the video she shared of Enriquez' coronation.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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