The first openly transgender beauty pageant contestant spoke out after grabbing headlines and sparking debate, crediting President Donald Trump for her decision to participate in pageants.
Anita Green is slated to complete in the Miss Montana USA pageant, and told Mic that her motivation to enter the pageant was Trump and his presidency so far.
“I thought about it for a couple of years but I just wasn’t sure I was ready for it,” Green said. “But I can definitely tell you that when Trump was elected into office, I knew that I needed to step up and do this. I was so nervous about this but I knew that I needed to compete. I wanted to be a positive role model in the community and instill a sense of hope within the trans community and give them some positive news.”
Green was previously involved in Montana politics, making history in 2016 for being elected the state’s first transgender national delegate to a nominating convention. Ahead of the pageant, Green said she was feeling excited.
“I was actually just watching ‘Miss Congeniality’ and thought, ‘That’s me!'” she said. “I’m very much Sandra Bullock’s character in that movie. I’m somebody who doesn’t wear makeup on an everyday basis. I rarely do my hair. But this is giving me the opportunity to be myself in a much different way. I get to be really glamorous and I’m really excited to show that off.”
The 26-year-old added that the other contestants were nothing but supportive of her since she started the process.
“In getting prepared for this pageant, I wasn’t really surprised by anything other than how accepting the girls have been so far,” she said. “Actually, I went to a rehearsal last week and everyone seemed to be incredibly accepting of me. I didn’t think people would be because this is Montana and we are a conservative state, but I think that’s starting to change.”
Reaction to the young woman’s pageant aspirations were mixed, with some applauding her for participating.
“I just dont care,” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page. “If a transgender Man is more accomplished poised beautiful then he should win. No one should be made to feel they wont be accepted unless they cut off part of their body. Truthfully I think pageants are dumb and foster stereotypical artificial beauty standards.”
“Pageants are stupid,” commented another. “Each to his or her own. If they want to involve themselves in a contest that rewards artificial beauty, go for it. Never was fan of Pageants. Commercial bs. Transgendered people have been around for a long time ,before any of us were born. They are becoming news because people let this subject bother them, the media feeds off of people’s fears and that is how they make money. There are bigger problems in the world. We need to stop worrying about every little thing and figure out how to help out our fellow human beings.”
Others felt Green should be disqualified from the pageant because she is transgender.
“This is so sick , that whole pageant is silly,” wrote one reader. “If you need to become what you thing is a women go ahead and do it Alas you never be a women,no matter what.But to go to a pageant with all girls really , that is sick.Should not be allowed.”