Rikkie Valerie Kollé recently made history on July 8 by becoming the first transgender model to be the winner of Miss Netherlands 2023.
World360news says that the winner of the beauty pageant is from Breda and wants to be a voice and example for the queer community.
Nathalie Mogbelzada, a 26-year-old Amsterdam native, was the first runner-up. In the meanwhile, Habiba Mostafa and Lou Dirchs were crowned Miss Congeniality and Miss Social Media, respectively. In addition, the well-known Miss Universe, R’Bonnet Gabriel, attended the event in Leusden at the AFAS Theater.
However, Rikkie Valerie Kollé was also the target of criticism on social media, with some users referring to her as a man. Few people were dissatisfied with the practice of transitioned biological males competing alongside women in beauty pageants.
Rikkie Valerie Kollé is said to be 22 years old, but her birth date and educational background are unknown.
She is now the first transgender woman to win the title of Miss Netherlands 2023 and the second representative at the Miss Universe pageant after Angela Ponce from Spain.
Rikkie Valerie Kollé is is always active on Instagram with around 25,000 followers and 135 posts, which features her posting in various outfits.
She updated her Instagram story during her reign as Miss Netherlands 2023, beginning with her stage appearances and ending with her announcement as the winner.
The model’s recent post was shared two days ago, where she was wearing a red glossy silk outfit. It was stated in the caption that it was an official Miss Netherlands photo shoot.
Rikkie Valerie Kollé will represent Netherlands at the 72nd Miss Universe 2023, which would be held in El Salvador.
In an interview with World360News, Kollé talked about how important it is to be true to who you are.
Rikkie Valerie Kollé said she needs to utilize the platform to for enabling everybody and ensure no one has to face any sort of discrimination while disclosing their identity.
The casting for the 2023 Miss Netherlands competition took place on April 29, 2023, at the Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam. The competition began in May 2023. 10 finalists were decided to take part in the competition.
Habiba Mostafa, Ruby-Ann Chwatchko, Nazeli Kouki, Chanille Hupsel, Lidewei van der Staaij, Beate van der Weide, Nathalie Mogbelzada, Christina Cairo, and Lou Dirchs were among the other participants. Also, the jury panel members were Zoey Ivory, Nicky Opheij, Monica van Ee, Ona Irritable, Julia Erring, Denise Speelman, and Rahima Dirkse.
There have been a number of instances in which transgender models have won beauty pageants.
In March 2023, R’Bonney Gabriel became Miss Universe 2022. She has previously been crowned Miss USA 2022.
19-year-old Brian Nguyen won the Miss More noteworthy Derry 2023 in November 2022 and she was award a crown, title, and scholarship.
Notwithstanding, the choice was also scrutinized by @skfollowing which the pageant eliminated the information on the scholarship sum from the site that was received by Nguyen.
Kataluna Enriquez was crowned Miss Nevada USA in June 2021. She was previously the winner of the Miss Silver State USA pageant that very year.