Rikki Valerie Kole has won the Miss Netherlands crown and will become the second openly transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.
“I did it !!!!!” Cole, 22, wrote on Instagram Post After being crowned in the competition on Saturday, July 9. “Yes, I am trans and I want to share my story, but I am also Rikki and that is what matters to me. I did it on my own and enjoyed every moment.
Later in the caption she wrote: “Wherever you are in the world, I want to be there for you and be the example I missed as a little person.”
He ended his Instagram post by writing, “For many more adventures, let’s prepare @missuniverse. so excited!!!”
Kolle, a Dutch-Moluccan model and actress, hails from the city of Breda in the south of the Netherlands. She previously competed in the TV series “Holland’s Next Top Model”.
The Miss Netherlands 2023 jury said, “This finalist has slayed the entire show and made the biggest strides in the process.” said about cole, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “She has a strong story with a clear mission. The jury is sure that the organization will enjoy working with this young lady.”
Cole’s predecessor Oona Moodie crowned him with the tiara on stage at the AFAS Theater in Leusden, Netherlands.
The Miss Universe pageant first began to allow transgender participation in 2012, and first openly transgender woman Competed in 2018.
Although no transgender woman has yet won the Miss Universe title, more transgender women are beginning to compete in preliminary pageants, including Daniela Arroyo González. ready to compete for the Miss Puerto Rico title the following month.
Kole, who had gender-affirmation surgery last January, wrote in a instagram post After this process when she was only eleven years old she changed her name from Rick to Rikki.
According to her, Cole now aspires to represent and serve as a role model for young women and the gay community. final page, She hopes to inspire people to embrace their true selves despite being rejected by their families and others around them.
She also said that although she knows full well “what it’s like to feel alone,” she is “stronger in her situation today than ever.”
The Miss Universe 2023 pageant will be held in El Salvador later this year.