Kataluna Enriquez will become the first openly transgender woman to compete in Miss USA after stunning onlookers in Las Vegas.
Filipino-American model Kataluna Enriquez has put "years of struggle" behind her to create history and become the first transgender woman to be crowned Miss Nevada.
Wearing a rainbow-coloured sequin dress to acknowledge Pride month, the 27-year-old was crowned at a glittering event at a Las Vegas casino over the weekend.
Enriquez, who was crowned Miss Silver State at a lead-up event to the state competition, thanked the pageant community for their unwavering support.
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"You are all inspiring," she wrote on Instagram. "Your love, support and sisterhood has healed many years of struggle. My times and giggles with y'all never be replaceable.
"I couldn't have done it without your help. Huge thank you to everyone who supported me from day one. My community, you are always in my heart. My win is our win. We just made history. Happy pride."
She will now compete in the Miss USA competition in November.
The historic moment was met with a thrilled reception on social media.