Kataluna Enriquez is now set to become the first transgender woman to compete for the Miss USA title in November.
Making history: The 27-year-old contestant competed against 21 candidates for the Miss Nevada USA title at the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa in Las Vegas on Sunday, reported Rappler.
Enriquez will be representing Nevada during this year's Miss USA pageant after winning the Miss Silver State USA pageant, a preliminary competition for Miss Nevada USA.
She is the first transgender woman in the pageant’s history to win the title, according to Associated Press News.
If Enriquez wins the Miss USA pageant, which will be held on Nov. 29, she will go down in history as the second transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe beauty pageant after Spain's Angela Ponce in 2018, CNN Philippines reported.
A big win: Several social media users took to Twitter to celebrate Enriquez’s win.
One of the people who congratulated Enriquez was Miss Trans Global 2020 winner Mela Habijan, who is also of Filipino descent.
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! Yaaaaassss! Mabuhay ka, Sis Kataluna Enriquez! 👸🏾🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈🇵🇭❤️ pic.twitter.com/HRt4b3w2tM
— Mela Habijan (@missmelahabijan) June 28, 2021
CONGRATULATIONS TO KATALUNA ENRIQUEZ, THE NEW MISS NEVADA USA!
— Shawna Chen (@shawnarchen) June 29, 2021
History has been made when Kataluna Enriquez, a Filipina transwoman, won today as Miss Nevada
She is now bound to Miss USA, representing Nevada. I can see her in Miss Universe wearing the same colors and waiving her own flags 🇵🇭🇺🇲🏳️🌈
Representation matters. Happy Pride!!!🌈 pic.twitter.com/sImsz43aDd
— 赎买 (@heyitsmealexis) June 28, 2021
SIZ MADE HERSTORY!! Filipino-American Kataluna Enriquez wins the Miss Nevada crown! She will be the first ever transwoman to compete for the title of Miss USA! 🏳️⚧️🏳️⚧️🏳️⚧️ pic.twitter.com/p3rKkku8KH
— Rei 🌈 (@ihateRei) June 28, 2021
I'm thrilled that Miss Nevada USA is a beautiful Filipino trans woman! Congratulations Kataluna Enriquez 🇵🇭🏳️⚧️ pic.twitter.com/CenFhKt8uR
— Christopher (@__christopherr) June 28, 2021
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