Rikkie Kollé Creates History as First Transgender Winner of Miss Netherlands Pageant
In a groundbreaking achievement, Rikkie Kollé has emerged victorious as the first openly transgender contestant to win the title of Miss Netherlands. Her remarkable triumph paves the way for inclusivity and represents a significant milestone in the pageant world. As the newly crowned Miss Netherlands, Kollé will proudly represent her country in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant later this year.
From a pool of hundreds of participants, Kollé demonstrated exceptional grace and talent throughout the competition, ultimately securing her place among the ten finalists announced in April. Embracing her platform, she utilized the spotlight to advocate for a more inclusive vision of beauty pageants and inspire others to pursue their dreams.
In a recent video shared on her Instagram page, Kollé responded to Miss Universe’s request to describe herself in one word. Choosing the word “victory,” she expressed her journey of overcoming obstacles as a young boy and standing tall today as a strong, empowering, and confident trans woman.
Kollé’s message to her followers conveyed unity and self-empowerment, urging them never to forget that they are not alone in this world. She encouraged everyone to continue dreaming and strive to become the best version of themselves, disregarding any external judgment.
The 22-year-old from Breda was crowned onstage by the previous year’s winner, Ona Moody. Adding to the significance of the moment, the reigning Miss Universe, R’Bonney Gabriel, presented Kollé with her sash.
If Kollé secures victory at the Miss Universe pageant, she will make history once again as the first trans woman to wear the coveted tiara. While the pageant has allowed transgender participants since 2012, it was not until 2018 that Ángela Ponce from Spain became the first openly transgender contestant, although she did not advance to the finals.
Another historic moment is anticipated next month as activist Daniela Arroyo González vies to become the first openly transgender woman to win Miss Universe Puerto Rico. If crowned, she will join Kollé in advancing to the global stage of Miss Universe. The pageant’s website reveals that this year, 90 remarkable women from around the world will compete in the highly anticipated 2023 edition.