Kataluna Enriquez has become the first transgender woman to win a competition in the pageant history, when she won the crown of Miss Nevada USA.
“I have always said I hope to see one day that someone like me is represented in Miss USA. I never thought that it would be me,” she was quoted as saying to The Washington Post.
She also shared a darker phase of her life when she received so much hate that she prayed she would never wake up. “I silenced myself and belittled myself just so I could survive,” she was quoted as saying.
But now after having been crowned, Enriquez will become the first openly-transgender woman to compete in the Miss USA pageant.
Interesting, she also designed winning gown herself. She shared a picture and wrote alongside it, “Gown made by me @katalunakouture. In honor of pride month, and all of those who don’t get a chance to spread their colors. ❤️🧡💛💚💙 ”
On her own Instagram account she shared a post-victory picture and wrote: “Huge thank you to everyone who supported me from day one. My community, you are always in my heart. My win is our win. We just made history. Happy pride.”
The competition was held on Sunday, June 27 at South Point Hotel Casino & Spa in Las Vegas.
Enriquez will now compete for the Miss USA title in November 2021.