Fil-Am trans woman wins Miss Nevada, heads to Miss USA pageant

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28) — Filipino-American transgender woman Kataluna Enriquez will compete for the title of Miss USA 2021 after she was crowned Miss Nevada USA on Monday (Philippine time).

The 27-year-old stunner, glimmering in a rainbow-inspired gown, bested 21 other candidates to represent the state in the upcoming Miss USA pageant which will be held on November 29.

She will be the first openly transgender woman to compete for the title of Miss USA. If she wins, she will be the second trans woman to join the Miss Universe pageant after Spain's Angela Ponce in 2018.

Miss Trans Global 2020 Mela Habijan has celebrated Enriquez's victory.

"Our trans Pinay sister, Kataluna Enriquez, made history today! She won Miss Nevada 2021. She will be the first trans woman to compete at the Miss USA Pageant!" she tweeted.