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Published on June 4th, 2012 | by Wild Gender


Trans Contestants in Pageants? “It’s a free country” says Miss USA

transgender Olivia Culpo, olivia culpo, Miss USA

Olivia Culpo

“Now here’s a beauty queen who’s REALLY beautiful on the inside!” wrote Perez Hilton on his website this morning of Olivia Culpo, the newly Miss USA from Rhode Island, who caught a media firestorm after announcing her support for transgender beauty contestants during the pageant last night.

During the interview round of the Miss USA contest, judge Rob Kardashian asked if it’s fair for trans women to compete in beauty pageants. Ms. Culpo answered:

“I do think it would be fair. There are so many people who have a need to change for a happier life. I do accept that because I believe it’s a free country.”

“Whoo!! Way to go, Liv!!” wrote a very happy Perez. “Of course, this comes on the spiky heels of the Miss Universe Organization’s recent decision to admit transgender women into their pageants.”

According to, the Donald Trump-owned contest was held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino for the fifth year in a row. Culpo was established as the odds-on favorite by the Wynn Las Vegas sports book prior to the competition at 9 to 1 odds.

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