Bailey Anne Kennedy makes history as first transgender Miss Maryland USA

Bailey Anne Kennedy made history as the first transgender woman to be crowned Miss Maryland USA. She is also the first Asian-American winner, the first winner in her thirties, and the first married winner in over sixty years. Photo credits to Miss Maryland.
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In a historic and inspiring moment, Bailey Anne Kennedy, 31, was crowned Miss Maryland USA on Saturday, June 1. This groundbreaking win makes her the first openly transgender woman to claim the title. But Kennedy’s achievements don’t stop there; she is also the first Asian American and military wife to win this prestigious honor, according to DC News Now. Additionally, she becomes the oldest person to wear the crown, following the recent removal of the 28-year-old age limit by the Miss Universe Organization.

Kennedy’s victory is a beacon of hope and a powerful statement of inclusivity. Reflecting on her win, she emphasized the significance of her achievement for the LGBTQ+ community. “I knew it was bigger than me. I knew it was going to mean a lot for all the LGBTQ kids out there who might feel like they don’t belong in a box — like me growing up,” she shared. Her journey was bolstered by the unwavering support of her fellow competitors, forming a “sisterhood” that she deeply cherishes.

Addressing the topic of age, Kennedy expressed her confidence and pride. “I felt confident in my own skin at 31, which is past the old age limit of 28. Every woman of all ages can compete,” she said, celebrating the inclusive changes in the pageant world this year.

Kennedy is now poised to represent Maryland as the first transgender contestant in the Miss USA pageant, set to take place in Los Angeles on August 4. If she wins the Miss USA pageant, she will go on to represent the United States in the annual Miss Universe pageant.

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