Kataluna Enriquez Makes History As 1st Trans Miss Nevada USA

Kataluna Enriquez made history becoming the first transgender Miss Nevada USA
Kataluna Enriquez made history becoming the first transgender Miss Nevada USA
Kataluna Enriquez, Miss Nevada USA 2021 (image via Instagram)

Filipino-American model Kataluna Enriquez made history this past weekend becoming the first transgender woman to snatch the crown of Miss Nevada USA 2021.

The win qualifies Enriquez to compete in the Miss USA pageant in November where she will be the first trans contestant to walk the runway at the long-running competition.

The 27-year-old took to Instagram to share a photos and fashions from the event. Wearing a dazzling rainbow-colored gown of her own design for the coronation festivities, she wrote: “In honor of pride month and all of those who don’t get a chance to spread their colors.”

Enriquez competed as Miss Silver State against 21 contestants in three categories of competition: interview, swimsuit/activewear, and evening gown. Contestants are scored on character, poise, confidence, and personality, according to the rules of the pageant.

Following her win, she expressed her thanks via Instagram to all that supported her. “Huge thank you to everyone who supported me from day one,” Enriquez wrote. “My community, you are always in my heart. My win is our win. We just made history. Happy pride.”

Originally from San Leandro, California, Kataluna Enriquez is currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada. After graduating from high school in 2011, she enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Las Vegas, where she took a deep dive into her love of fashion design.

In 2016, she launched her own fashion brand, Kataluna Kouture. That same year, she represented California in the Transnation Queen USA pageant ultimately winning the title in Los Angeles.

Speaking to Fox5 News in Las Vegas, Enriquez shared that the road to the crown has not been that of beauty queens before her. In another pageant outside Nevada, when the organizers found out she was trans, everything changed. 

“I was asked to provide documents that were invasive in my opinion physically asking me to get a letter from my doctor,” Enriquez said.

Enriquez was required to meet with a doctor who had to examine her and certify that she was female before being allowed to compete. No other contestants were required to submit to a physical examination. Also, at the same pageant, every contestant was assigned a roommate – expect her.

Should she win the crown, Enriquez would be the second trans woman to compete in the Miss Universe pageant after Spain’s Angela Ponce participated in 2018.

Donald Trump Says NBC Attempting To Suppress His Freedom Of Speech, Files $500 Million Law Suit

In the wake of the Miss Universe and Miss USA Pageants being dropped by NBC and Univision over Donald Trump’s racist remarks about Mexican immigrants, Trump has filed a $500 million law suit against Univision.

In the suit Trump says Univision is seeking to squash his freedom of speech.

(Actually, he’s perfectly free to express himself. He just needs to realize actions and opinions have consequences.)

Trump claims Univision is attempting to suppress his freedom of speech. Here’s an excerpt from The Trump Organization’s statement via NPR:

“Under the contract, Univision is required to broadcast the pageant live on television in Spanish. While Univision claims its decision came solely in response to comments by Mr. Trump during a June 16 campaign speech announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, the decision was, in reality, a politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump’s freedom of speech under the First Amendment as he begins to campaign for the nation’s presidency.”

Last year’s host of the Miss Universe pageant, Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, has dropped out of the event, as well has co-host Cheryl Burke.

“In light of the recent statements made by Donald Trump and the subsequent decision by NBC to cut ties with Mr. Trump, I cannot in good conscience move forward with participating in this year’s Miss USA Pageant as its co-host,” Burke wrote on Facebook. “Effective today I have withdrawn from my duties with Miss USA.”

Roberts sent this Tweet on Tuesday: “Best of luck to all #MissUSA2015 contestants this year & THX to the good people behind the scenes @MissUniverse – been a joy working w/you!”

NBC has announced it will not air either pageant even as the Miss USA event is scheduled to go on July 12th.

Miss Nevada wins Miss USA 2014

E! Online has the details:

Fourth-degree black belt and all-around stunner Nia Sanchez was crowned Miss USA 2014, the biggest battle of the now former Miss Nevada’s life being the struggle to hold back all the tears after her name was called at the end of the three-hour beauty-and-personality-fest, hosted this year by Giuliana Rancic and Thomas Roberts.

She had clasped hands and traded well wishes with first runner-up Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari, as they waited out those final seconds–but it was Sanchez who stood alone with the bouquet, the sash and—of course—the tiara.

Miss Utah sings her fumbled Miss USA answer

Ok, so big points for going with the comedy and laughing at herself.

Marissa Powell, Miss Utah, suddenly uber-famous for her word salad answer on the Miss USA pageant Sunday night, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel last night and “musicalized” the answer that made her a viral sensation.

Good sport. Big points from me.

Miss Utah gets another chance to answer Miss USA question

Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, didn’t win Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant after botching her interview question, but she did create one of the most viral video momnet in years.

In the interview portion of the competition for the final five contestants, the 21-year-old awkwardly responded to judge NeNe Leakes’s question about income inequality. Her response contains the now-infamous phrase, “create education better.”

Powell, who finished the evening as third runner-up and Miss Photogenic, was given a shot at redemption on the Today show on Tuesday.

Anchor Matt Lauer asks her the question again, to which she replies: “So this is not OK. It needs to be equal pay for equal work, and it’s hard enough already to earn a living, and it shouldn’t be harder just because you’re a woman.”

Powell conceded that her nerves got the better of her on Sunday, and she answered the question without thinking.

Gotta ask though – is it weird that the winner, Miss USA, doesn’t look at Powell once she’s onset? Or is it just me?

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