Transgender Women Encouraged to Enter Miss South Africa 2021: "Finally"

Transgender Women Encouraged to Enter Miss South Africa 2021: "Finally"

- The 2021 Miss South Africa pageant will be allowing (and encouraging) transgender women to enter and compete in future

- Any woman who enters needs to have a valid South African ID that shows their amended sex as female

- South Africans have taken to social media to share their thoughts about the groundbreaking news

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The Miss South Africa website has revealed that transgender women can now enter the renowned pageant. The one condition is that the entrant needs a valid South African ID which reflects that their sex is female.

There are various other requirements set for those who enter the pageant, such as being between the ages of 20 and 28. Stephanie Weil from the Miss SA organisation stated that they cannot wait to meet the 2021 entrants.

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The definition of being transgender is that one does not identify as the sex they were assigned at birth. A transgender woman would have been designated male at birth but identifies as female. Many transgender people undergo full transitions, turning their biology into the gender they identify as.

Transgender women, encouraged, enter Miss South Africa 2021
Transgender women have been encouraged to enter the 2021 Miss South Africa pageant. Image: Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images
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According to JacarandaFM, the 2021 Miss SA pageant will be held in October. Reigning Miss SA Shudufhadzo Musida will hand her crown over to the new Miss SA during the ceremony.

South Africans have had various responses to the news of transgender women being allowed to participate in the pageant. Read some of the social media posts shared below:

@Samucrystal said:

"I just hope at least one of them goes through to stage because we all know what happened last time they said everyone with every body shape and size could enter. They ended up choosing the same kind of people."

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@MiloTall shared:

"I'm just waiting for this to happen in the UFC and I'm there!"

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@Zah_Zungu tweeted:

"They are now women after all."

@ThekgoR added:

"Finally, all women are being represented. I love this so much."

Earlier, Briefly News reported that Canadian transgender actor Elliot Page has taken to social media with his first shirtless picture after having another transformational surgical procedure.

Taking to social media with a snap of himself in swimming shorts, Elliot expressed just how happy he is with the transformation. Being transgender is something Elliot is proud of.

“Trans bb’s first swim trunks #transjoy #transisbeautiful”

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