The debate is on!
’s Miss Universe contest threw open its doors to transgender models beginning next year.
Would this mean pageant officials are allowing men who have had a sex change the chance to be crowned the world’s most beautiful woman?
President of the Miss Universe Organization Paula Shugart said the decision came as a result of working with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation advocacy group:
“We want to give credit where credit is due, and the decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions with GLAAD…We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”
GLAAD responded with an equally complimentary statement:
“At a time when transgender people are still routinely denied equal opportunities in housing, employment and medical care, today’s decision is in line with the growing levels of public support for transgender people across the country.”
Beauty and wellness expert Cory Quirino makes it clear she is speaking up as an individual, not as national director of the Miss World Beauty Pageant, Philippines:
"I respect Donald Trump for making a stand like that. It's very bold and courageous. Personally, as a woman, I feel that by allowing a transgender to join the pageant, we'll probably discourage natural-born females to join the pageant. A transgender is not a natural-born female. This is so debatable and for me will open a can of worms. It will create more confusion because there are beautiful transgender females. I think this now validates putting up a transgender beauty pageant."
Tweeted, 1999 Miss Universe-Philippines, Miriam Quiambao:
"In my humble opinion, transgenders should not be allowed to join the MissU because it's only for REAL women. We should all make a stand. Just because it's popular, it doesn't mean that it's right.” Quiambao even has a direct message for Miss Universe big boss Donald Trump: "Whatever happened to the 'essence of a woman?'
A strange new world, isn’t it? I’m a believer of equal rights and fair treatment for all but this time, they lost my vote!