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Miss Nevada Kataluna Enriquez Makes History as First Transgender Woman to Win Pageant


Many congratulated the pageant queen on her win, including the Miss Nevada USA Instagram account. 

“Good Morning W O R L D! The Universe rather…. Congratulations to @mskataluna for her historical win!!!” the organization shared, with RuPaul’s Drag Race star Alexis Mateo adding, “She did it! congratulations @mskataluna Miss Nevada USA. First Trans Woman winner on her way to Miss USA.”

“Kataluna Enriquez being crowned Miss Nevada is a huge win for trans visibility and sends a powerful, but simple message to the world: trans women are women,” GLAAD’s Head of Talent Anthony, Allen Ramos, said in part.

“I’m so proud of Kataluna’s trailblazing win especially as a fellow trans Filipina sister,” trans model Geena Rocero shared in a statement with E! News. “This win will open doors for all pageant system to continuously advocate for the inclusion of trans women in all pageants not just in America but all over the world.”

In a separate Instagram post, Kataluna revealed that her evening gown, which featured vibrant rainbow-colored sequins and diamond embellishments, was a design she made from her couture line. She detailed its significance, writing, “In honor of pride month, and all of those who don’t get a chance to spread their colors.”

This isn’t Kataluna’s only historical victory. According to NBC News, she became the first transgender woman crowned in the Miss Silver State USA pageant in March, which is the preliminary competition for Miss Nevada USA.





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