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Transgender woman takes the crown for Miss Nevada, on way to ‘Miss USA’

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In what may potentially give the “Miss” in Miss USA a whole different meaning, the crowning of a transgender woman in Nevada sets up what is believed to be the first contestant who was born a biological male to compete in the national pageant.

Kataluna Enriquez was crowned Miss Nevada USA on Sunday at South Point Hotel Casino & Spa, which critics see as another step in erasing women. An assessment that comes in response to more and more female athletes being forced to compete against biological males who identify as women — women with a distinct advantage over the competition.

The Nevada state pageant consisted of 22 competitors, with 27-year-old Enriquez besting 21 biological females, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Given the political embrace of transgenderism, it’s fair to suggest that Enriquez becomes the hands-down favorite to be crowned Miss USA on Nov. 29.

After all, it’s all about messaging and acceptance at this point.

The Miss Nevada USA account posted to Instagram, “Congratulations to our new Miss Nevada USA @mskataluna πŸ‘‘ History made!”


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A post shared by Kataluna Enriquez (@missnvusa)

So proud of the development, the state pageant boasted on Enriquez not once, but twice:


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A post shared by Kataluna Enriquez (@missnvusa)

β€œOne thing that is important for me is inclusivity, diversity and representation. It’s something I did not have growing up and is still lacking in today’s world,” Enriquez said, according to the newspaper. β€œToday I am a proud transgender woman of color. Personally, I’ve learned that my differences do not make me less than, it makes me more than.”

The win may also represent just how far cosmetic surgery, hormonal treatment and the application of makeup have come in today’s society.

Enriquez talked about how hard it is for women to find dresses that fit their body, with the Review-Journal noting the contestant designed and created several gowns worn on Sunday.

β€œI did not always have money and it’s hard for women to find dresses that fit their bodies,” Enriquez said. β€œPageantry is so expensive and I wanted to compete and be able to grow and develop skills and create gowns for myself and other people.”

Enriquez reportedly transitioned at the age of 14, and a photo shared on Instagram included a childhood picture.


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A post shared by Kataluna Enriquez (@mskataluna)

Needless to say, social media was awash with praise and celebration. Here’s a small sampling of responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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