Miss Universe Competition to Include at Least Two Trans Contestants

A 28-year-old flight attendant became the first transgender contestant to take home the title of Miss Portugal, adding to the number headed to the Miss Universe competition in El Salvador next month.

“Proud to be the first trans woman to compete for the Miss Universe Portugal title!” Marina Machete wrote in an Instagram post before the competition.

“For many years I wasn’t eligible to compete and now it’s such an honor to be a part of this incredible group of candidates!”

Machete will be the second transgender contestant headed to the Miss Universe competition next month, competing against Rikkie Valerie Kollé, another transgender contestant who made history by becoming the first biological male to claim the crown in the Netherlands in July. (Read more from “Miss Universe Competition to Include at Least Two Trans Contestants” HERE)

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