It’s 2023, and men are so good, they are even better at being international pageant queens.
Two male competitors, representing the Kingdom of Netherlands and Portugal, qualified for the upcoming Miss Universe international pageant competition. The last transgender to compete in the pageant was Miss Universe Spain in 2018.
The 90 competitors this year will appear on stage Nov. 18 during the 71st Miss Universe pageant, being held this year at the National Gymnasium in San Salvador, El Salvador. Two more qualifying pageants will be held before then, but no reporting has indicated that a male will be competing for either Mongolia or China.
Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel of the United States will crown her successor in what is one of the top four international beauty pageants.
Miss Universe Organization and its brand, along with its United States-based sister pageants, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, is owned by transgender activist Anne Jakrajutatip, who bought the organization from Donald Trump.
“The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a global, inclusive organization that celebrates all cultures, backgrounds and religions. We create and provide a safe space for women to share their stories and drive impact personally, professionally, and philanthropically. The women who participate in this international platform serve as inspirational leaders and role models to their communities and fans around the world,” the organization writes on its website.