The Portuguese Marina Machete will also make history at Miss Universe 2023.
In 2018, the competition had a trans woman among its participants for the first time. Miss Spain, Angela Ponce . Recognized at the graduation gala, the model opened a door of inclusion to other women.
Last July, Rikkie Kolle was elected Miss Netherlands and was the first transgender woman at Miss Universe 2023.
Now, with the triumph of Marina Machete as Miss Portugal, another European representative joins in. The 28-year-old is a flight attendant and LGBT activist.
After her victory, she wrote: Proud to be the first trans woman to compete for the title of Miss Universe Portugal.
He continued: ‘For many years I have not been a candidate and now it is a great honor to be part of this incredible group of candidates.