Male Contestant Crowned ‘Miss Portugal,’ Becomes 2nd Man to Compete in ‘Miss Universe’ 2023

A male contestant has just been crowned “Miss Portugal” and will now become the second man to move forward to compete in this year’s “Miss Universe” competition.

Marina Machete, a man who “identifies” as a “transgender woman,” announced on his Instagram page that he beat real women for the typically female title.

Machete told his supporters that he is “proud to be the first trans woman to compete for the title of Miss Universe Portugal.”

“For years it was not possible for me to participate and today I am proud to be part of this incredible group of finalists.”

Machete, a 28-year-old flight attendant, will go on to represent Portugal in El Salvador on November 18 to compete in the Miss Universe competition.

Portuguese Parliament Rui Paulo Sousa expressed a negative reaction to the result.

Sousa told reporters that he thought somebody was playing a prank when he first heard that a man had won the competition.

“When I read this news, I initially thought it was a joke,” Sousa said, according to RT.

“It is undoubtedly a sad day for those young women who dreamed about [winning] the female beauty pageant.”

Sousa is in the Chega Party, a right-wing populist party formed in 2019.


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Machete is the second man to qualify for this year’s Miss Universe pageant.

In July 2023, Rikkie Valerie Kolle – a 22-year-old male – was named “Miss Universe Netherlands.”

He defeated a field of nine real women to win the title.

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“It’s unreal but I get to call myself [Miss Netherlands] 2023,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Making my community proud and showing it can be done.”

“Look at me now, standing here as a strong, empowering, and confident trans woman,” Kolle also said during Pride month.

Men have been recently winning for the first time in the competition’s history.

Conveniently, the rise of men in the competition aligns with the company’s acquisition by its misogynistic transgender owner, Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip.

The entrepreneur is a male-to-“female” transgender who has two children.

He purchased Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA in October 2022, according to

He is also the CEO of Thailand-based media company JKN Global Group Pcl.

“I became a billionaire at age 38, a woman at 39, and a mother of two at 40,” the investor said.

“I believe in the power of women to transform into the best versions of themselves,” he added.

However, not every nation is on board with the “woke” anti-women agenda.

Shortly after the Netherlands crowned its male “champion,” the Miss Italy pageant banned transgender contestants from taking part in the beauty contest.

This resulted in over 100 men registering to enter the competition in protest of the new ban.

Miss Italy’s organizers simply rejected the protesting male applicants, however.

“Lately, beauty contests have been trying to make the news by also using strategies that I think are a bit absurd,” said Miss Italy official Patrizia Mirigliani.

“Miss Italia, on the other hand, will not jump on the glittery bandwagon of trans activism.”

READ MORE: Ex-Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Found Guilty of Charges Stemming from Transgender Rapist Cover-Up

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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