Two transgender contestants in Brazil’s infamous Miss Bumbum pageant are hoping to be dubbed the best bottom, but not all of the women in the contest are happy to be competing with men.
Paula Oliveira and Giovanna Spinella are the first-ever transgender contestants is the 2018 competition — but some of the 25 biological women entries are protesting their participation, according to The Sun.
Brazil is a socially liberal country and offers free gender reassignment operations via its public health system.
Finalist Ellen Santana, 31, a biology student, told The Sun that Oliveira and Spinella represent “men’s bottoms.”
“The competition is supposed to be 100 percent feminine and yet we’re going to have bottoms which are men’s bottoms,” Santana insisted. “It doesn’t matter if they’ve had surgery, changed their names or sex on a piece of paper.”
Santana said transgenders should compete in their own pageant, but Oliveira, seen below, is not to be deterred.
“They are feeling threatened because they are seeing a trans who is more beautiful than them,” Oliveira told The Sun. “I’m not offended by what they said, because it’s clear they want me out because I’ve got a much sexier a–.”
Oliveira, who said he “suffered a lot of bullying at school because I was basically a girl in a body’s body,” called competing in Miss Bumbum a dream come true.
“I always dreamed of taking part in Miss Bumbum, but I never thought it would be possible,” the contestant said.
Spinella — seen below — said he’s “honored to be able to take part” in the pageant as one of the first transgender contestants.
Com enorme prazer irei Representar o Rio Grande do Norte nessa última edição do Miss BumBum Brasil 2018, Assessoria: @missbumbumbrasil Foto: @patrickbritofotografo
Pageant officials are supportive of Oliveira and Spinella, saying they’ll disqualify those who continue to show “prejudice” toward the transgender competitors.
“As long as these women have undergone sex reassignment surgery, and have become fully women, there is nothing that prevents them from taking part,” the founder, Cacau Oliver, told The Sun. “The truth is that, by the law, they are 100 percent women.”
Toda mulher sabe que para ser poderosa é preciso bem mais que somente ter um corpo bonito, um rosto perfeito e cabelos brilhantes. Toda mulher poderosa e inteligente sabe se valorizar diante de qualquer situação! #brasil #missbumbum #riograndedonorte #happy #goodmorning #bomdia By: @studiowoody
As for the reaction on social media, the following caption summed things up well: “Too many ‘Adam’s Apples’ on those ‘Bumbums.'”
Too many "Adam's Apples" on those "Bumbums" .
Miss Bumbum’s first transgender contestants spark backlash https://t.co/bkxkO06Wak
— Jim Hawkins (@JimHawk2024) May 13, 2018
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