Miss Universe Netherlands 2023 has been won by a transgender woman who would go on to represent the country at the 2023 Miss Universe pageant.
22-year-old Rikkie Valerie Kolle won the pageant Saturday — which effectively makes her Miss Netherlands and booked her a ticket to compete in the upcoming Miss Universe competition later this year.
The last Miss Netherlands, Ona Moody, and reigning Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel (from USA) were on hand to give Kolle the big prize.
The 2023 Miss Universe pageant comes off in El Salvador in December and would see women from all over the world come together to compete for the prize of Miss Universe.
Rikkie Valerie Kolle would become the 2nd transgender woman to compete at Miss Universe after Spain’s Angela Ponce in 2018.