A female-identifying transgender person has been picked as the winner of the Miss Nevada USA pageant.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kataluna Enriquez was crowned the winner over 21 women competing in the pageant over the weekend.
“One 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,” said 27-year-old Enriquez. “Today 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.”
“I didn’t have the easiest journey in life. It was a struggle for a moment. I struggled with physical and sexual abuse. I struggled with mental health. I didn’t have much growing up. I didn’t have support. But I’m still able to thrive, and I’m still able to survive and become a trailblazer for many,” Enriquez told KVVU-TV. “I did not always have money and it’s hard for women to find dresses that fit their bodies. Pageantry 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 will go on to represent Nevada at the Miss USA pageant slated to take place on November 29. Enriquez, if crowned the winner at that event, would then go on to become the second transgender contestant to join the Miss Universe pageant.
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