Kataluna Enriquez speaks about embracing yourself and overcoming hate

Kataluna Enriquez knows to embrace what makes her beautiful. This couldn't be more emphatically put than when Asya Branch, Miss USA 2020, literally embraced her on Instagram in a sizzling Instagram slo-mo video.

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Miss Nevada Kataluna Enriquez (L) and Asya Branch, Miss USA 2020 (R) have a beautiful moment.

Miss Kataluna Enriquez, is the first transgender woman to compete in the Miss USA Pageant after winning Miss Nevada last month and is heading to Tulsa OK to compete in the Miss USA Pageant in November 2021.

“I am so happy and grateful to be Miss Nevada USA 2021 and represent our state Nevada in this year’s Miss USA,” Enriquez told “Good Morning America.” “This has been one of my longest dreams and I am happy to share it with my community, especially the LGBTQ+ youth.”

It wasn’t an easy trail to blaze for Kataluna, an Asian American woman of color.

The unite-the-right racist march, attended by the likes of West Virginia Sheriff Ross Mellinger who recently posted, then deleted memes mocking Kataluna in the swimsuit compitition left a searing mark on her soul.

But a true competitor and a gracious woman Kataluna Enriquez knows to embrace what makes her beautiful. This couldn’t be more emphatically put when Asya Branch, Miss USA 2020, literally embraced her on Instagram in a sizzling Instagram slo-mo video.

 

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender