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One Country Is Taking a Stand Against Male 'Transgender' Beauty Pageant Competitors

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This month, Townhall reported how a biological male who identifies as a transgender woman won the Miss Netherlands pageant and will move on to compete for the Miss Universe title. 

The biological man, Rikkie Valerie Kolle, 22, won the competition. On Instagram, Kolle posted an image of him wearing the crown with the caption, "I DID IT!" 

"I'm so proud and happy I can't even describe it," Kolle wrote. "Making my community proud and showing it can be done." 


This week, the Miss Italy competition's official patron, Patrizia Mirigliani, announced that it would not allow male-bodied "trans women" to compete.

"Lately, beauty contests have been trying to make the news by also using strategies that I think are a bit absurd," Mirigliani stated, according to Newsweek. "Since it was born, my competition has foreseen in its regulation the clarification according to which one must be a woman from birth. Probably because, even then, it was foreseen that beauty could undergo modifications, or that women could undergo modifications, or that men could become women." 

Newsweek added that while Mirigliani was "happy" for Kolle's win in the Miss Netherlands competition, she emphasized that Italy would not change its rules. 

According to Daily Mail, in 2018, Angela Ponce from Spain became the first transgender person to compete for the Miss Universe title. Men who believe they are women have been allowed to compete for the title since 2012. 

Ponce and Kolle are not the only biological males who've competed in women's beauty pageants. Townhall covered this year how Brian Nguyen (pronounced Bree-Ann), who is "trans," won a competition in New Hampshire to be titled "Miss Greater Derry 2023." 


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