When Erin Grinde Tunheim’s attempt to win Miss Norway Universe resulted in her finishing as the third runner up in this pageant, with the number of Miss Universe national pageants quickly dwindling, I believed that the international trans community had run out of chances to have another trans beauty walk a Miss Universe pageant stage in 2019.
I wasn’t aware until yesterday that we had another trans woman qualify for her national pageant, and this time it wasn’t in Europe.
The person who would attempt to make that history was in Chile, and she is 26 year old model Gera Saint Garriga. She won the Miss Santiago title, which punched her ticket to the national pageant held in Punta Arenas that had her competing against 17 other women from across the nation.
Saint Garriga was motivated to do so after seeing Angela Ponce win Miss Spain Universe and compete in last year’s Miss Universe in Bangkok. She is proud to not only be the first out trans person person in her nation to qualify for a national Miss Universe pageant, but the first out trans person to do so in South America, Latin America and the Western Hemisphere.
While she made it as one of the five finalists, the Miss Universe Chile crown went to 19 year old Geraldine Gonzalez, who will be Chile’s representative at Miss Universe.
Saint Garriga finished third