Transgender woman to compete at Miss USA after historic pageant win

A pageant contestant made history by becoming the first trans woman to win the Miss Nevada contest.

Kataluna Enriquez scooped the crown at the south Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this month.

She wore a rainbow-coloured sequin dress she made herself in celebration of Pride month.

And after beating 21 candidates to the top spot, the 27-year-old is now preparing to compete at Miss USA in November.

Kataluna is chuffed with her victory and looking forward to what the future is going to bring.

On Instagram, she told her 49,800 followers: “To my pageant mummy @rissrose2, no words can describe how much I am grateful of you.”

She continued: “For your constant support, for welcoming me in to your home, and feeding me nothing but love.

“Team @misssilverstate, you are all inspiring.

“Your love, support and sisterhood has healed many years of struggle.

“My times and giggles with y’all never be replaceable.

“To all the sponsors, Thank you. I couldn’t have done it without your help.

“Huge thank you to everyone who supported me from day one.”

Kataluna dedicated her win to others who are in the LGBT community.

She added: “My community, you are always in my heart. My win is our win. We just made history. Happy pride.”

The post garnered more than 13,400 likes and dozens of comments of support.

One responder gushed: “Yes girl yes! You deserve that crown more than anyone! “Now go and kill that Miss USA stage.”

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Another said: “I’m proud to know you!

“You’re a trailblazer that is prepared to take on what’s to come from your reign, and I can’t wait to witness what you do with it.”

And a third added: “Congrats Kat!! You worked so hard & are so deserving of this title.

“I can’t wait to watch your journey to the Miss USA crown.”

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