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Who Is Bailey Anne Kennedy, First Trans Miss Maryland USA?

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Updated Jun 7, 2024, 07:34 IST

Bailey Anne Kennedy made history by becoming the first transgender woman to be crowned Miss Maryland USA. The event took place on June 1 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Kennedy is a 31-year-old Cambodian-American military wife. In addition to being the first transgender Miss Maryland USA, she is also the first Asian American and the first military spouse to win the title.

Bailey Anne Kennedy is the first trans Miss Maryland USA. (Photo Credit: Instagram/ Bailey Anne Kennedy)

Bailey Anne Kennedy made history by becoming the first transgender woman to be crowned Miss Maryland USA. The event took place on June 1 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

Who is Bailey Anne Kennedy?

Bailey Anne Kennedy is a 31-year-old Cambodian-American military wife. In addition to being the first transgender Miss Maryland USA, she is also the first Asian American and the first military spouse to win the title.

In an interview with TV station WDCW, Kennedy expressed her hope that her achievement would inspire young LGBTQ+ individuals.

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It was “a whirlwind because I knew it was bigger than me,” she told the TV station. “I knew that it was going to mean a lot for all the LGBTQ kids out there who might feel like they don’t belong in a box — like me growing up.”

Kennedy went on to share that she didn’t have to face any fears of being the sole transgender woman in the pageant. She felt a strong sense of support from the “sisterhood” of women who were competing alongside her on stage.

“I felt confident in my own skin at 31, which is past the old age limit, which is 28 — as you know Miss Universe Organization lift the restriction now — so every woman of all ages can compete,” she told the station.

Following her victory, Kennedy took to Instagram to share her thoughts, writing, “Not everyone has to agree with the spaces that you occupy, and it doesn’t mean that you aren’t worthy of these opportunities. The work that I will do for the remainder of my life is to make sure that children who feel like me will never have to worry about the consequences of being who they are by simply being myself and being a positive contribution to society.”

“For the longest time, I never had the need to tell anyone. Not because it’s a secret but it’s none of anyone’s business. To those who matter to me, they don’t care. Those that care about knowing such private & personal details, don’t matter,” she added.

Kennedy is set to compete for Miss USA in Los Angeles, with the competition airing on The CW on Sunday, August 4.

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