Lisbon: Marina Machete has made history by becoming the first transgender woman to win the prestigious title of Miss Portugal. This groundbreaking achievement has captivated the world.
At 28 years old, Marina Machete has not only shattered glass ceilings but has also defied adversity and intense competition in the modeling industry. Her victory in the Miss Universe Portugal pageant held in Borba is being celebrated as a momentous occasion for the transgender community.
Transgender Advancements: Transgender individuals have been increasingly making their mark in various fields, including cinema, media, education, politics, and now, modeling. The likes of Namitha Marimuthu and Shivin Ganesan, who were contestants on the reality show Bigg Boss, have paved the way for transgender individuals in the modeling world.
Marina’s Dream Come True: Prior to her participation in the event, Marina expressed her long-held dream of competing in a beauty pageant. She was overjoyed to represent the transgender community in Portugal’s beauty pageant for the first time. However, winning the title has brought her an even greater sense of happiness and achievement.
International Impact: Marina Machete follows in the footsteps of Rikki Kolle, a Dutch national who secured the title of Miss Netherlands in July. They are among the first transgender contestants to achieve international recognition, alongside Spain’s Angela Spanz, who made history by competing in Miss Universe 2018 as the first transgender contestant.
Marina’s victory stands as a testament to the growing inclusivity and acceptance of transgender individuals in various spheres of life, breaking down barriers and inspiring others to pursue their dreams regardless of their gender identity.