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Marine’s wife Bailey Anne Kennedy crowned first transgender Miss Maryland USA

The wife of a Marine has been crowned the first-ever transgender Miss Maryland USA — and stated she was impressed by the “sisterhood” of different opponents she noticed on the pageant circuit.

Bailey Anne Kennedy, 31, gained the coveted title on Saturday, in line with the official Miss Maryland USA Instagram account.

She is now ready to compete at Miss USA, which will likely be held in Los Angeles on Aug. 4.

Bailey Anne Kennedy, 31, has been named the first trans Miss Maryland USA.
Bailey Anne Kennedy, 31, has been named the first trans Miss Maryland USA. baileyannekennedy/Instagram

The victory, Kennedy told WDCW, was a “whirlwind because I knew it was bigger than me.”

“I knew that 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 defined.

Kennedy stated she didn’t have any nervousness about being the one trans competitor, and stated she felt bolstered by the “sisterhood” of girls on stage.

“I felt confident in my own skin at 31, which is past the old age limit, which is 28 — as you know Miss Universe Organization lift the restriction now — so every woman of all ages can compete,” she identified.

Kennedy added that she “hopes her milestone will open up some doors, open up some hearts for people to see that there are many aspects of LGBT community out there and I hope I can be a positive contribution to society in making a difference like the USO program I’m working with.”

Kennedy was impressed to compete in pageants following her marriage in 2019, according to her website.

Kennedy will now compete at Miss USA on August 4th.
Kennedy will now compete at Miss USA on August 4th. Bailey Anne Kennedy/Instagram
Kennedy said she was inspired by the "sisterhood" of the competition.
Kennedy stated she was impressed by the “sisterhood” of the competitors. baileyannekennedy/Instagram

“When I turned 30, The Miss Universe Organization lifted the traditional marital status and age restrictions. I knew it was a sign from the Universe that they are ready to crown an older, military spouse like myself,” the write-up defined.

“Although this is such a small effort, I could only imagine the magnitude of my action on a state level, national level or even on the international level if I win the title to represent USA, the beautiful country to which I owe so much,” she added.

In addition to being the first transgender Miss Maryland USA, Kennedy can be the first Asian American winner and the first army partner to carry the title, according to The Advocate.

The first trans contestant to seem at Miss USA was Kataluna Enriquez, who competed as Miss Nevada USA in 2018, the outlet famous.

Kennedy is the wife of a marine as of 2019.
Kennedy is the wife of a marine as of 2019. baileyannekennedy/Instagram

“It hasn’t hit me yet. We just made history, and I don’t know how that feels. It was part of my goal, part of my dream,” Enriquez informed the Las Vegas Sun within the wake of her history-making win within the state.

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