Miss Bumbum pageant: Trans model’s rivals are trying to kick her out of contest to crown Brazil’s best butt
A transgender beauty queen participating in Brazil’s annual Miss Bumbum pageant is facing backlash from her rival contestants because she was born a man.
Oliveira, along with fellow competitor Giovanna Spinella, are the first ever trans women to partake in the pageant since its creation.
The news she would be competing made waves last week, however, not everybody is happy with her participation, starting with the other competitors.
Several of the 25 other contestants tried to boot Oliveira out arguing only those “who were born women” should be allowed to compete. In total, 27 women – including Oliveira and Spinella – are representing the different Brazilian states in Miss Bumbum Brazil.
Oliveira, who represents the Amazonas state, countered by saying her rivals were just felt “threatened because they are seeing a trans [woman] who is more beautiful than them.”
“I’m not offended by what they said, because it’s clear they want me out because I’ve got a much sexier ass,” she added.
“I always dreamed of taking part in Miss Bumbum, but I never thought it would be possible,” she said.
The pageant’s organisers have defended their decision to include trans women in the competition and have threatened to disqualify other participants questioning the legitimacy of their participation.
“The contest gives full support to the candidatures [of the trans women] and will not yield to any kind of demand or prejudice against them,” Miss Bumbum organisers said in a statement.
“According to the current regulation, the competition freely allows the participation of the transgender candidates and the other candidates will have to accept them as equals.
“As long as these women have undergone sex reassignment surgery, and have become fully women, there is nothing that prevents them from taking part,” said organiser Cacau Oliver. “The truth is that, by the law, they are 100 per cent women.”
One of the contestants, Ellen Santana, voiced her discontent over the participation of Oliveira and Spinella.
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“The competition is supposed to be 100 percent feminine and yet we’re going to have bottoms which are men’s bottoms,” she said, “It doesn’t matter if they’ve had surgery, changed their names or sex on a piece of paper.”
Santana said that although she was not intolerant, she would prefer it if a special competition was created for trans people, and that trans women shouldn’t “be allowed to compete in Miss Bumbum, which is all about the beauty of the Brazilian woman.”
Another contestant, Debora Portos, said she was also against the idea of trans women taking part, saying: “I think the whole diversity thing has gone too far.”
Miss Bumbum is set to take place on November 5 in Sao Paolo.