Marina Machete Becomes First Transgender Woman To Win Miss Portugal And Now Competes In Miss Universe

Image of Marina Machete winning Miss Portugal.

Image of Marina Machete winning Miss Portugal. Credit: Instagram/marinamachetereis and missportugaloficial

A historic moment occurred in the city of Borba on Thursday, October 5, when Marina Machete was proclaimed winner of the Miss Portugal beauty contest.

As a result, the 28-year-old flight attendant became the first-ever trans woman to win the iconic pageant in the country. Marina had been trying to participate in the competition for several years and was eventually chosen to take part this year.

Posting on her Instagram account, she wrote: ‘Proud to be the first trans woman to compete for the title of Miss Universe Portugal. For years it was not possible for me to participate and today I am proud to be part of this incredible group of finalists’.

Marina Machete was born in the Portuguese town of Palmela, belonging to the District of Setúbal. During the contest, she spoke of her desire and commitment to the protection of human rights. In addition to receiving the Miss Portugal crown, she was also recognised in the ‘most confident’ category.

After her victory, the Miss will now participate in the 72nd Miss Universe contest which will be held this year on November 18 in the capital of El Salvador, as reported by

Rikkie Kollé will also be taking part

She will be joined in El Salvador by the 22-year-old model and actress Rikkie Kollé, the Belgian representative and the first trans woman to win the Netherlands pageant.

Together, they will make a new page in the history of the competition when it begins in Central America. It will be the first time since the contest allowed their registration in 2012 that two trans women will be among the contestants in the Miss Universe finals.

Each of them will be hoping to do better than Spain’s Ángela Ponce. In 2018 she was the pageant’s first transgender contestant but failed to pass the first round.

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Chris King

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    • Panoramic Patsy

      08 October 2023 • 07:29

      All the best looking women in Portugal are in fact men.

    • Malcolm

      09 October 2023 • 11:10

      Ridiculous, it’s not a woman! If you aren’t born a woman you shouldn’t compete in women’s events. Create a transgender competition if they must.

    • Rosemary

      09 October 2023 • 12:27

      If you have a d..k….you are not a chick

    • Rui

      10 October 2023 • 11:05

      This is a shame for my country Portugal, I am sad we have come to this low point.
      I’m not living there anymore and by the look of things I don’t know if I want to go back.
      How sad to have a man taking the place of real women who deserve to be in that place, it’s unfair and diminishing to the other real women bt letting them feel like a man is better looking than them disguised as a woman.
      Disgraceful and disgusting, a man is not a woman and women spaces are not for man, theyre for women.
      This is clearly fixed to push this sick agenda of dysfunctionality and complete destruction of good sense and morality.
      What a disgrace and disrespect towards women.

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