canada africa partner reservation Beauty pageant jumps the shark: Miss Maryland is a “he” and Miss Alabama is 3X

Beauty pageant jumps the shark: Miss Maryland is a “he” and Miss Alabama is 3X

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Miss Alabama, left, and Miss Maryland, right

The Miss USA pageant, owned by the Miss Universe organization, has some big firsts this year. The winner of this week’s Miss Maryland crown is a transgender person – a man living his identity as a woman.

In the Miss Alabama pageant, the winner is so tall that she needs at least two airplane seats and a pair of seat belt extenders.

Sarah Milliken, the super-sized Miss Alabama, has faced a lot of cyberbullying due to her enormous size, which sets her apart from other beauty pageant contestants. The internet has been particularly cruel since she won the title.

Bailey Anne Kennedy is the first transgender man to be crowned Miss Maryland USA. At 31, he is older than the average pageant queen and identifies as a “military wife.” She competed for Miss Maryland as Miss Williamsport (Md) USA.

From 2023, women who are or have been married, but also women who are pregnant or have children, can participate in the Miss Universe pageants at all levels. Entrants must identify themselves as female as medically and legally recognized in the United States.)

The Miss Universe organization had its first transgender contestant, Miss Spain Ángela Ponce, in 2018. The owner of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA is a transgender entrepreneur from Thailand who bought the pageant in 2022.

Miss Alaska USA 2024 is Brenna Schaake of Fairbanks, who was crowned on June 1 and will represent Alaska at the Miss USA 2024 pageant in Hollywood, California the week of August 4. Brenna has worked as an external affairs supervisor for Kinross Gold Corporation for three years, and is a member of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.