Transgender woman competes for pageant crown


Kylan Arianna Wenzel’s dreams have finally come true, after Donald Trump and his Miss Universe Organization changed the rules last April to allow trans* women to compete for any of their pageant titles. Trump’s rule change followed the international fallout that was received after pageant officials disqualified Miss Canada, Jenna Talackova, after learning that she was a transgender woman.

Immediately following Trump’s decision to include trans women in the Miss Universe competition, 26-year-old Wenzel, who is half-Korean and half-German, quit her job as a shift manager at a Central City Jamba Juice and moved her sex reassignment surgery up six months. She would now be able to follow her lifelong dream to compete in the Miss California beauty pageant.

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