Marina Machete grew to become the primary transgender lady to win Miss Portugal final week, making her one in all two trans contestants to this point to compete for Miss Universe later this 12 months.
Machete, a 28-year-old flight attendant, thanked her supporters for the “optimistic and empowering” messages she has acquired since being topped Thursday.
“To all of you watching, I simply need to say that, similar to the universe, your prospects in life are limitless,” she mentioned in a video shared on Instagram over the weekend. “So don’t restrict your self to any dream that you’ve got.”
She added that she is worked up to fulfill the opposite delegates on the 72nd Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador in November.
In July, Rikkie Valerie Kolle, 22, grew to become the primary trans lady to be topped Miss Netherlands.
“Sure I’m trans and I need to share my story however I’m additionally Rikkie and that’s what issues to me,” she wrote in an Instagram put up on the time. “I did this alone energy and loved each second.”
Shortly after she was topped, she revealed that she grew to become the goal of hate speech on-line.
“I assumed we have been actually accepting … within the Netherlands, however the hate feedback present the opposite aspect of our society. I hope that’s a wake-up name,” she instructed Reuters on the time. “For now, I absolutely ignore it. I deal with the nice issues coming my manner.”
It seems that Machete and Kolle would be the solely transgender contestants among the many 90 ladies who will compete for the crown on Nov. 18. There are two extra qualifying pageants — in Mongolia and China — earlier than the Miss Universe pageant subsequent month, and no native reporting has recognized any trans contestants.
Miss Universe started permitting trans ladies to compete in 2012 and, in 2018, Angela Ponce grew to become the primary trans lady to take action after she was topped Miss Spain.
In 2021, Kataluna Enriquez grew to become the primary trans lady to compete within the Miss USA pageant after she was topped Miss Nevada, although she didn’t go on to compete in that 12 months’s Miss Universe pageant. In February, Daniela Arroyo González grew to become the primary trans lady to compete in Miss Universe Puerto Rico, the place she completed inside the prime 10 finalists, in response to her Instagram.
Nonetheless, not all pageants have been open to together with trans ladies. In July, greater than 100 transgender males entered the Miss Italy pageant after the pageant’s organizer mentioned Miss Italy wouldn’t enable trans ladies to compete.
Anne Jakkapong Jakrajutatip, a Thai businesswoman and transgender advocate, purchased the Miss Universe Group for $20 million final 12 months, making her the primary lady to personal the pageant.