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    FLASHBACK: In 2012, Rob Kardashian Asked a Contestant If a Transgender Woman Could Win Miss USA

    While the Miss USA pageant has often been targeted for by some for its perceived sexism, the beauty competition has actually shown that it can be rather progressive.

    Since 2011, they are the only pageant system that welcomes transgender contestants and that issue was brought into the spot light in 2012 when former reality TV star Robert Kardashian — step-son of Caitlyn Jenner — asked about transgender women competing in the pageant during the Q&A portion of the evening.

    “Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?” Rob asked Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo.

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    Miss Universe Canada names first Latina winner

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    Paola Núñez Valdez has been crowned the 2015 Miss Universe Canada. The Dominican beauty queen is the first woman of Latin heritage to take the title.

    Valdez, 24, was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated with her mother to Canada at the age of 10, where they currently live. Valdez is currently a student at Humber College, studying Business-Accounting, and hopes to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

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    The 57 Miss Universe Canada 2015 Finalists raised over $118,000 for Operation Smile

    The 57 Miss Universe Canada 2015 National Finalists raised over $118,000 for the Operation Smile Charity.


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    Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Join Express Written Consent

    MLB.com – Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham join JB on the USS San Antonio for Express Written Consent.

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    #beMOREthanPRETTY Campaign Launches

    During their reign, and beyond, our titleholders enrich others through humanitarian efforts affecting positive change. Due to an immense variety of efforts and charities supported by Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA titleholders each year, MUO will highlight all efforts under one philanthropic umbrella, #beMOREthanPRETTY. With this campaign, MUO has the ability to better support and draw attention, to our titleholder’s philanthropic efforts; as well as the efforts of other young women around the world.

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    Our Miss USA contestant’s will introduce the new philanthropic tagline to the world by highlighting their own charitable affiliations this June, via Miss USA’s #beMOREthanPRETTY Challenge. Miss USA, Nia Sanchez started the challenge this Memorial Day weekend by conducting an act of charity for a cause close to her heart and challenging two(2) Miss USA contestants to do the same within 24 hours. We ask that each contestant continue nominating others to keep the cycle of good will and empathy in effect well into July. If any person is unable to meet the challenge within 24 hours, we ask that they consider making a donation to the USO’s ‘OPERATION: That’s MY Dress’ Campaign and continue nominating others.

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