LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — It’s a primary for one main native magnificence pageant: a transgender particular person is now the reigning titleholder.
Kataluna Enriquez received Miss Silver State USA, the most important preliminary competitors for the Miss Nevada USA pageant.
Enriquez has received transgender pageants earlier than and entered different cisgender competitions, however this can be a monumental win.
She’s going to now compete for Miss Nevada USA, the state pageant resulting in Miss USA and Miss Universe, pageants as soon as owned by Donald Trump and two of essentially the most coveted crowns within the pageant world.
“Miss Silver State was an excellent expertise … to me it was actually a celebration of womanhood and variety and this celebration of being your true self,” Enriquez advised FOX5.
Her highway to the crown has not been that of magnificence queens earlier than her. In one other pageant outdoors Nevada, when the organizers discovered she was trans, the whole lot modified.
“I used to be requested to offer paperwork that have been invasive for my part bodily asking me to get a letter from my physician,” Enriquez mentioned.
Enriquez was required to fulfill with a physician who needed to look at her and certify that she was feminine earlier than being allowed to compete, one thing not required of anybody else within the competitors. On the identical pageant, each different contestant was assigned a roommate count on her. She didn’t wish to title that pageant on this report for concern of jeopardizing her possibilities in future competitions.
“It introduced me again to time the place I felt like I used to be not welcome,” Enriquez mentioned.
Enriquez contends discrimination is one thing she, like all transgender individuals, should face. Consciousness of the transgender group is now her pageant platform.
“It offers you greater objective,” Enriquez mentioned.
Enriquez mentioned she was scared at first to enter however she had no points on the preliminary pageant in Las Vegas. She received the native title brazenly disclosing she is a trans particular person. Enriquez is now wanting ahead to the following massive stage: the Miss Nevada USA pageant in June.
“I’ve an excellent feeling about Nevada … I’m wanting ahead to it,” Enriquez mentioned.
Enriquez mentioned she understands change would not come simply and a few magnificence pageants is probably not prepared for transgender title holders. FOX5 regarded on the guidelines of the pageant Enriquez mentioned discriminated in opposition to her and nowhere do they are saying rivals have to be born biologically feminine.