Miss USA’s First Transgender Candidate Will Win Nevada Pageant
“I have not had the easiest trip in my life,” she said, according to KVVU-TV. “I have fought against physical and sexual abuse. I was struggling with my sanity. I didn’t grow much. I had no support. But I can still be successful and I can still survive and be a trailblazer for many. ”
After her victory, Enriquez thanked the LGBTQ community on Instagram and wrote: “My victory is our victory. We only made history. Happy pride. ”
Miss Nevada USA congratulated Enríquez for her historic victory on social media and shared the hashtag #bevisible.
In March, Enriquez, who previously competed in a trans-specific competition, became the first transgender woman to be crowned Miss Silver State USA, the most important preliminary round for Miss Nevada USA.
During the question and answer segment of the contest, Ella Enriquez said that being true to herself was an obstacle she faced on a daily basis.
“Today I am a proud transgender woman of color. Personally, I’ve learned that my differences make me not less, but more than, ”she said, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. “I know that my uniqueness will lead me to all my goals and everything I have to go through in life.”
Enríquez, the Filipino American, appropriates her own outfits, including a rainbow sequin dress that she wore on Sunday night in honor of Pride Month “and all those who don’t have the opportunity to spread their colors,” she posted on Instagram .
“Pomp is very expensive, and I wanted to compete and be able to expand and develop my skills and create dresses for myself and others,” she said Enriquez, according to the Review Journal.
She will represent Nevada in the Miss USA 2021 pageant that will take place on November 29 at the Paradise Cove Theater at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Miss Universe competition system, which includes the Miss USA side of Los Angeles, allows 2012 transgender contestants. If Miss USA is crowned, Enríquez WILL BE the second trans contestant in a Miss Universe pageant after Spain’s Angela Ponce in 2018.
Miss America, a separate organization based in New Jersey, does not immediately respond to a request as to whether or not a person can enter its annual transgender pageant. As of 2018, the contest was only open to “naturally born women,” according to the lawyer.
In February, a federal judge upheld the right of another organization, Nevada-based Miss United States of America, to exclude transgender candidates from its contest.