Kataluna Enriquez Becomes First Transgender Woman To Win Miss Nevada USA

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Kataluna Enriquez was crowned as Miss Nevada USA 2021 during a gala event held in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, on June 27, 2021. Kataluna Enriquez will represt Nevada in the upcoming edition of Miss USA. Miss Nevada USA 2021 Kataluna Enriquez succeeds Miss Nevada USA 2020 Victoria Olona. The 27-years-old Kataluna, who hails from Silver State, is from the Filipino-American descent and the first transwoman to participate in Miss Nevada USA, who is all set to go on to become the first transgender woman to compete in Miss USA 2021. Kataluna studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California, and started her career in modeling in 2012. She is also a fashion designer and has a label named Kataluna Kouture. She has participated in Transnation Queen USA 2016 and Miss International Queen 2018 pageants. The diva has also worked as a health care administrator at LGBTQ Health Care.

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With a platform centered on transgender awareness and mental health, Enriquez, 27, beat out 21 other contestants at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. 

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“I didn’t have the easiest journey in life,” she said, according to KVVU-TV. “I struggled with physical and sexual abuse. I struggled with mental health. I didn’t have much growing up. I didn’t have support. But I’m still able to thrive, and I’m still able to survive and become a trailblazer for many.”

After her win, Enriquez thanked the LGBTQ community on Instagram, writing, “My win is our win. We just made history. Happy Pride.” 

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In March, Enriquez, who previously competed in trans-specific pageants, became the first transgender woman crowned Miss Silver State USA, the main preliminary for Miss Nevada USA.

During the pageant’s question-and-answer segment, Enriquez said being true to herself was an obstacle she faced daily.

“Today I am a proud transgender woman of color. Personally, I’ve learned that my differences do not make me less than, it makes me more than,” she said, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. “I know that my uniqueness will take me to all my destinations, and whatever I need to go through in life.”  

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designs her own outfits, including a rainbow-sequin gown she wore Sunday night in honor of Pride Month “and all of those who don’t get a chance to spread their colors,” she posted on Instagram. 

"Pageantry is so expensive, and I wanted to compete and be able to grow and develop skills and create gowns for myself and other people," Enriquez said, according to the Review-Journal.

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The winner of Miss USA (formerly owned by Donald Trump) goes on to partiipate in the Miss Universe pageant. It was only in 2012 that the Miss Universe pageant changed its ruled to allow transgender beauty queens to enter. Previously a rule only allowed "naturally born" women to compete. If Kataluna qualifies for Miss Universe, she will be second transgender competitor in the global pageant after Spain's Angela Ponce in 2018.

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She will represent Nevada at the 2021 Miss USA pageant, being held Nov. 29 at the Paradise Cove Theater at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Let's take a lok at the glamorous pictures of Miss Nevada USA 2021 Kataluna Enriquez

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Looking forward to the new sisterhood and our journey to miss Nevada 2021

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Hit the block one time, tryin' to see who got purple

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Las Vegas, Nevada

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Absolutely stunning

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This is absolutely incredible! You look beautiful queen !

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Bold, Powerful & Feminine

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Beautiful dress and a beautiful girl

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The warm expression

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Because I will always prefer eating with my hands and my team

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Stunning Beauty

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My clothes do not determine my consent or character

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All smiles because last night official opening was a success

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It’s been such a wonderful experience so far

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Pink isn't just a color it's an Attitude too!

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Love is the flower you've got to let grow

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Baby & boojie

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Bali made me fall in love with pink again. This is not my Halloween look. I just felt cute

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Winter blooms

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Gorgeous love the shades

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Nothing shakes a smiling heart. Don’t forget You deserve happiness.

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I’m wearing sandals for y’all

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Lazy eyes, lazy all day

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All white extravaganza

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Dessert or desert? 

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Giant baby feeding bottle?

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When I am with you there’s no place I’d rather be

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Beaux yeux

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Most beautiful woman on the planet

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Ain’t got no wings, but I promise I’m an angel

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Que bonitos labios

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Lemonade, islander version

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Harajuku barbie

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

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Tiffany Show Pattaya

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Should I go back to tan golden skin or keep it light and rosy?

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This is so beautiful- scenery, colors, and duh you!

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Miss International Queen Pageant

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The golden exotic heart. The gentle smart soul and the passionate rebel, friendshipgoals Sisters that I’m glad to have in my life. 

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To hold this sash was a huge honor for me, it was always one of my dreams. However, during this competition I was always questioned why I’m representing America... including judges and that bothered me a bit. Just a thought, how do biracial or (in my case) people who grew up in different countries feel about not being enough of each personal background for people to not question where you belong...

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oses are red, violets are blue, someone get me hot Cheetos and make my dreams come true

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Dress by Kataluna

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I was laughing at my little sister, (rion | little Pauline) that’s why she’s mad. 

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There is beauty in rose gold