If you’re wondering if there will be ever another trans woman gracing the Miss Universe stage in the wake of Spain’s Angela Ponce doing so, the answer to that question is maybe.
We have already had two trans women in this Miss Universe 2019 competition cycle attempt to do so in Brazil and Puerto Rico, but neither advanced to their national pageant stages.
Nathalie Oliveira competed in the Miss Rio de Janeiro Universe pageant back in January. While she was a first runner up at the 2016 Miss International Queen trans pageant in Pattaya, Thailand, she failed to advance to the Miss Brazil pageant stage.
The same was the case for Puerto Rico’s Daniela Arroyo. She got a callbackfor the Miss Puerto Rico Universe pageant, but wasn’t selected as one of the final 29 contestants.
The latest trans woman who will attempt to win her nation’s Miss Universe pageant crown is Norway’s Eirin Grinde Tunheim.
The 26 year old is of Thai, Cambodian heritage, and is a dental student who speaks five languages.
She is the first out trans person to make the 12 person field that selects Norway’s representative in the Miss Universe Pageant.
The Miss Norway Universe pageant finals will take place in August, and we will learn at that time if Eirin makes history again by becoming the first trans Miss Norway and the second out trans woman to be able to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.
Good luck to Eirin, and hope she does grace the Miss Universe 2019 stage later this year. I also hope she goes farther in the competition and actually makes the 15 semifinalists.
TransGriot Update: Eirin was third runner up in the pageant