Monalysa Alcantara, 18, Miss Piaui was crowned Miss Brasil 2017 on August 20. Alcantara is the first representative from her state to win the national title. Also, for the first time in the history of the pageant, a black woman was crowned by another black woman, Raissa Santana, Miss Brazil 2016. Alcantara will now represent Brazil in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant to be held in Phoenix, Arizona on November 26. The first runner-up was Miss Rio Grande do Sul, Juliana Mueller, and the second runner-up was Miss Espirito Santo, Stephany Pim.
A local beauty pageant is attracting ample mockery on social media after a trans-identified male was crowned the winner of the competition and awarded a scholarship intended for young women. Brían Nguyen , 19, was awarded the crown in the Miss Greater Derry pageant, held on November 8 in the Greater Derry area of New Hampshire. The competition is a locally-run event under the national Miss America series of pageants. In addition to winning the crown, Nguyen will receive the Miss Greater Derry Scholarship , a financial award established to support young women. Nguyen, who is male, is a freshman at Nashua Community College majoring in Business Management. After his win, Nguyen wrote on Facebook : “ I am ecstatic to be the FIRST transgender woman to be a Miss America local titleholder, and I hope to make everyone proud and become the first to walk the Miss America stage. I am Brían Nguyen, your Miss Greater Derry 2023 .” Nguyen had previously announced on Instagram that he has intention