missnvusa/Instagram Miss Nevada USA, Kataluna Enriquez
History was made for the LGBTQ community in Nevada over the weekend.
On Sunday, Kataluna Enriquez beat out 21 other contestants to win the crown of Miss Nevada USA. With the title, Enriquez, 27, becomes the first transgender woman to win a competition in pageant history.
“Congratulations to our new Miss Nevada USA @mskataluna 👑 History made!” Miss Nevada USA wrote on their Instagram page beside a photo of Enriquez in a rainbow dress with her new crown and sash.
She will now compete for the Miss USA title in November.
Kataluna Enriquez/Instagram Kataluna Enriquez in the rainbow gown she designed
Following her victory, Enriquez celebrated the accomplishment in a post on Instagram Monday.
“Huge thank you to everyone who supported me from day one. My community, you are always in my heart. My win is our win. We just made history. Happy pride,” she wrote alongside several rainbow hearts.
“In honor of pride month, and all of those who don’t get a chance to spread their colors. ❤️🧡💛💚💙” she wrote of the custom dress.
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In addition to owning KatalunaKouture, Enriquez is a healthcare admin and fashion designer, according to her short bio on Miss Silver State USA’s Instagram.
“At a young age, Kataluna fought multiple challenges in her life,” the page reads. “Now she uses her life experiences and shares it in her platform #BEVISIBLE, a campaign to combat hate through vulnerability.”
“As a survivor of physical and sexual abuse and a proud Transwoman of color, she aims to break barriers and represent those who aren’t always represented and continues to support numerous non-profit organizations and LGBTQ youth,” the post added.