Brían Nguyen, 19, has won Miss Greater Derry, becoming the first transgender woman to achieve that honour.
Posing on stage with the other local Miss America contenders, just moments after being crowned Miss Greater Derry, The New Hampshire-based student declared there were “no words to explain” how much the win meant to her. “I am so honored to be crowned your new Miss Greater Derry 2023, and I am thrilled to show you all what I have up my sleeves. This will be an amazing year.”
Celebrating the milestone achievement on her Instagram page, Brían (pronounced Bree-Ann) wrote: “In the 100-year history of Miss America, I have officially become the FIRST transgender titleholder within the Miss America Organization.” Her followers rushed to send congratulations in the comments, including: “Miss New Hampshire better get ready!” “You’re amazing,” “Follow your bliss,” “Beautiful queen inside and out.”
As Miss Greater Derry, business management student Brían will receive a scholarship from The Miss Greater Derry Scholarship Program (set up by the Miss America Organisation.)
The Miss America Organisation website states they welcome contestants aged between 17 and 24, judging them according to “their achievements in scholastic, aptitude, talent, character, community service and poise.”
Miss Nguyen’s #QueensAreEverywhere social media initiative showcases several of these attributes, which she hopes will encourage “the next generation to develop self-confidence, realize their potential, and become the leaders of their destiny…This is done by spotlighting members of the community that have faced adversity and teach how they overcame it. I am excited to continue growing this project and expanding it into in-person events and appearances.”
Brían will now compete against other local title holders to become Miss New Hampshire 2023, with the winner qualifying for the Miss America pageant later in the year. “No words can describe the feeling of having the opportunity to serve my community and represent my community for the very first time at Miss New Hampshire.”
The very best of luck to you, Brían!
Written by @raejoancreative