Kylan Arianna Wenzel, a beauty queen, the First Transgender Woman Allowed To Compete In Miss California Pageant and she won the contest. She was born as a girl but with penis between her legs. This is what she said during her interviews:
How do you feel contesting as a Transgender for Miss California USA?
“The first time I watched a beauty pageant was when I was 11, in 1997, when Miss USA won Miss Universe. And ever since then, it’s kind of been implanted in my brain,” Wenzel told Anderson CNN during a video chat interview. “I wasn’t sure how it would happen for me, but it was something I put out there.
“You have to put it out to the universe—what you want to do—and you have to follow up on it,” Wenzel continued. “So, let’s say for transgender individuals, even if you haven’t had your sex change and you’re not sure, you have to act like you are Miss Universe or you are the woman you see yourself being. And you do that in everyday life. So I just worked really hard. I saved for surgery. I started getting procedures early like laser hair removal—things like that. It really is about believing in yourself. But you also need people to believe in you, because you can’t really get that far, sometimes, when you don’t have that kind of support.”
Wenzel came to the conclusion that “nothing is impossible,” despite an extremely difficult childhood. Half-Korean and half-German, she was considered developmentally slow. “I always knew I was female, but it was really hard to register those feelings because of my development growing up,” Wenzel said. “And I also come from a very abusive background. But no matter how much I got beaten or what I was going through, there was kind of a fire in me that just said, I will! and I can, no matter what they say!”
When it comes to beauty – we all know that beauty is just skin deep. Beauty is not something that is earned – it’s something you’re born with or the doctor helps you with, whatever. Beauty is what you do with it. [The judges of Miss Universe or Miss USA] always pick someone who embodies a certain kind of role model. It’s the girl that understand that that platform represents something bigger than themselves; that when they win this – it’s not about them but what they can do for others. If you want to be successful in life, it’s not about what you can win or how much money you make. It really, really starts by serving others. When you can develop a connection and you can serve other people, people will follow you because first, you’re inspirational, and two – you become influential. What the pageant does – we all get in shape. But it motivates every individual girl to really become the best of themselves…They’re trying to find the highest expression of themselves.
My philosophy is: if you every compare yourself to another woman or any other individual – if you notice, it hurts. Because any time you compare yourself to someone, it’s like an act of violence against yourself, making yourself feel like you’re less-than, and that you can’t do it. So the first thing to do is NOT to compare yourself and not be violent towards yourself – but to love yourself. And only then can you be confident in what you’re doing.