MANILA, Philippines – Another beauty queen has shared her take on the decision of Miss Universe pageant organizers to accept transgender candidates.
Krista Kleiner, who won the Bb. Pilipinas-International crown in 2010, said she does not agree with the move, which she called a part of Donald Trump’s marketing plan.
Trump is a co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization.
“I don’t agree with it. To be honest, I see Donald Trump as a guy who’s very into marketing. So, I think it’s a marketing tool para pag-usapan ang Miss Universe and he did a great job kasi pinag-uusapan talaga sa buong mundo,” Kleiner said in an interview during a Mega event on Tuesday night.
Kleiner added that just like other beauty queens, she is also in favor of organizing a separate pageant for transgenders.
“Sa akin, it’s supposed to be for women. I have nothing against transgenders or gays by any means, pero I agree with most of the beauty queens in what they are saying. I’ve heard a lot of interviews. For me, I think there should be a separate pageant for the transgenders.
“They can do a ‘Miss Gay Universe.’ That would be great. And who knows, maybe Donald Trump has plans in the first place to make this issue para magsalita ang buong mundo, pag-usapan, then all of a sudden may pageant na ganoon. So sana nga may ganoon because there are so many beautiful and sexy and smart transgenders and gays na I would love to see in the pageant. And I will be the first one to buy a ticket kung may ganoon,” she said.
Kleiner stressed that people should not forget what the Miss Universe pageant is about: expressing the “real essence of a woman.”
“The essence of a woman is something that’s always asked in the pageant. By adding this element (transgenders), it will totally change the whole concept of a beauty pageant for women,” she said.
Kleiner is currently finishing her debut album, which will be released next month.
Other beauty queens who have shared their views on Miss Universe’s new transgender policy include Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz and Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up Miriam Quiambao.