Marina Machete is the First Trans Woman Crowned Miss Portugal
Marina Machete Makes History
Marina Machete has inscribed her name in history by becoming the first transgender woman to be crowned Miss Portugal. This historic moment took place on Thursday, October 5 in Borba, nestled in the picturesque region of Evora, southeast of Portugal.
A Journey of Courage and Determination
At the age of 28, this flight attendant distinguished herself not only by her beauty but also by her courage and determination. She was the first of her kind to dare to challenge the norms, an achievement she proudly shared on digital platforms before imposing herself in this prestigious contest. “For years, the opportunity to participate was denied to me, and today, I am exalted to join this extraordinary group,” she revealed.
Representation in Miss Universe
But Marina will not be the only one to represent the transgender community at the Miss Universe contest, scheduled for November 18 in Salvador. Rikkie Kollé, a 22-year-old Dutchwoman, will accompany her, having been crowned Miss Netherlands in July. It was a revolutionary moment, marking the first time a transgender woman won this title in Dutch history.
A Platform for Change
Rikkie, just like Marina, plans to use her platform to initiate profound societal change. “As Miss Netherlands 2023, I commit to being the voice and inspiration for all young women and queer individuals,” she proclaimed.
Following Angela Ponce’s Footsteps
These successive victories of Marina and Rikkie follow in the wake of Angela Ponce, the Spaniard who, in 2018, broke barriers by becoming the first transgender candidate to compete for the Miss Universe title. The path traced by Angela has opened the door to others, affirming that beauty and charisma know no gender.