A transgender girl has gained the Miss Netherlands magnificence pageant for the primary time within the competitors’s historical past.
Mannequin Rikkie Valerie Kolle clinched the title of the 94-year-old contest on Sunday after impressing the jury along with her « iron robust story » and « clear mission ».
The 22-year-old, from Breda within the south of the Netherlands, is the primary transgender winner within the competitors’s 94-year historical past.
She is going to now go on to compete within the Miss Universe competitors in El Salvador in December.
Ms Kolle would be the competitors’s second overtly transgender competitor, after Spanish mannequin Angela Ponce in 2018.
In her entry profile, she mentioned she aimed to be « a voice and position mannequin. »
« I do know higher than anybody what it is prefer to really feel alone and never be surrounded by solely optimistic ideas, » she wrote.
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« After I was little Rik and got here out as transgender, it wasn’t simple for everybody and I additionally suffered from it. »
She added: « By means of my dedication and power, I hope to result in change in society. »
Transgender contestants have been in a position to compete within the pageant since 2012 – when it was owned by former US President Donald Trump.
The competitors is now owned by Thai businesswoman and actuality star Anne Jakkapong Jakrajutatip – who’s herself transgender.
She purchased the corporate in 2022 and promised « not solely to proceed its legacy of offering a platform to passionate people from numerous backgrounds, cultures, and traditions, but additionally to evolve the model for the following technology ».
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