Miss Italy Defends Decision To Ban Transgender Women From Competition!
2023/07/23

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Miss Italy has defended its decision to ban transgender women from competing in the beauty pageant. According to Miss Italy patron Patrizia Mirigliani, contestants must be women from birth, and the competition will not support the inclusion of transgender contestants as a form of "glittery bandwagon of trans activism." Mirigliani stated that it is "little absurd" for beauty pageants to attract attention by including transgender participants. However, she mentioned that she is supportive of the Dutch contest if it chooses to include transgender contestants.

Miss Italy's regulation has always required contestants to be women from birth, anticipating that beauty and individuals could undergo modifications with time. Mirigliani acknowledged that contestants with tattoos, piercings, and extensions were allowed, but she cautioned against going to extremes. This decision came after the Netherlands crowned its first male-born winner of a female beauty pageant, 22-year-old Rikkie Valerie Kollé. Kollé, who changed her name from Rik to Rikkie at the age of eleven due to a deep conviction of being "born in the wrong body," faced years of bullying in her youth.

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Despite the challenges, she had the support of her family and friends, and at the age of sixteen, she began the process of transitioning into a woman, including taking female hormones. Earlier this year, Kollé underwent gender affirmation surgery, describing it as the day she became who she wanted to be. While Miss Italy is firm on its decision to exclude transgender women, other pageants, such as the Dutch contest, have embraced inclusivity. The debate surrounding the participation of transgender individuals in beauty pageants continues to spark discussions on transgender rights and representation in mainstream society.

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