Kataluna Enriquez recently won the Miss Nevada competition, becoming the first transgender woman in the country to win a state’s top beauty pageant. Enriquez claims that his win is a “celebration of womanhood.”
Beauty pageants have a long history and were used in ancient times “to determine ‘who is the fairest of them all.’”
In the United States, women were selected during May Day events in the 1700s to “serve as symbols of bounty and community ideals.” That tradition has resulted in the Miss America and Miss USA competitions, the two largest and perhaps most famous of the events.
However, now the most basic qualification for a beauty pageant no longer applies.
In order to enter and win, you no longer have to be a biological woman.
Miss Nevada – Kataluna Enriquez – was previously Miss Silver State. While Enriquez may look beautiful, he is not a biological woman, but is evoking “womanhood” in an interview when talking about this recent win.
“Miss Silver State was a great experience…to me it was honestly a celebration of womanhood and diversity and this celebration of being your true self,” Enriquez said.
But how can a biological man know anything about womanhood? Perhaps with the help of surgeons and deep pockets Enriquez can present the image of a woman to the public, but it’s only superficial.
After all, the famous Proverbs 31 description of a Godly woman says that “charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain.”
Enriquez’s win is dangerous because it dismisses and ignores a woman’s experience and natural beauty in favor of something artificial. It’s also nationalizing an incredibly damaging narrative that all it takes is surgery and hormones to achieve womanhood.
What is beauty or femininity when a biological man can win a beauty competition?
For young women and teenagers, it’s hard enough dealing with body issues and trying to find your place in the world, but add the plethora of men who now seemingly look as beautiful or more beautiful than biological women, how can you compete?
It almost renders natural beauty meaningless and womanhood irrelevant.
Women and men are biologically different, and surgery and hormones cannot entirely change the cellular makeup of the body, only the outside.
In 1 Peter 3:3-4, the apostle wrote, “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
There’s also the description of the Proverbs 31 Woman, who is defined by her service to her husband and family, her business acumen, her skills, her generosity, kindness, wisdom and, above all, her love and fear for the Lord.
Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come” (NIV).
Sometimes that laughter is difficult to come by, especially when it seems like the world’s definition of beauty, femininity and womanhood is constantly changing, and increasingly infiltrated by men. That’s why it’s important now, more than ever, to remember, teach and encourage young women to see the timeless and eternal principles of being created in God’s image as a woman.
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