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Bailey Anne Kennedy has turn into the primary transgender lady to carry the title of Miss Maryland USA.

On Saturday, June 1, Kennedy, 31, made historical past when she was topped on the finish of the pageant in Bethesda, Maryland. She can also be the primary Asian American and army spouse to win the title, per native outlet DC News Now.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, June 4, the newly topped pageant queen opened up about how her id has performed a job in her profession, writing candidly about how she offers with detractors.

“Not everybody has to agree with the areas that you just occupy, and it doesn’t imply that you just aren’t worthy of those alternatives,” she started the put up, alongside a photograph of herself tearing up as she received the competitors.

“The work that I’ll do for the rest of my life is to guarantee that kids who really feel like me won’t ever have to fret concerning the penalties of being who they’re by merely being myself and being a optimistic contribution to society,” she continued.

Bailey Anne Kennedy being topped Miss Maryland USA on June 1, 2024.

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“For the longest time, I by no means had the necessity to inform anybody,” she added. “Not as a result of it’s a secret but it surely’s none of anybody’s enterprise. To those that matter to me, they don’t care. People who care about realizing such non-public & private particulars, don’t matter.”

Kennedy — whose husband is a U.S. Marine — has lengthy been an advocate for army spouses, and has cited the USO as one in all her platforms.

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“I am unable to wait to begin my reign and get again to the USO workplace, and begin serving lunches & personally thank our lively obligation service members like I initially plan to yesterday as a result of that’s what really issues to me,” she concluded her caption.

Following her win, she instructed DC Information Now that claiming the Miss Maryland USA title was a “whirlwind.”

Bailey Anne Kennedy in Cambodian apparel.

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“I knew it was greater than me. I knew it was going to imply quite a bit for all of the LGBTQ children on the market who may really feel like they don’t belong in a field — like me rising up,” she mentioned, including that she felt the total assist of her “sisterhood” of her fellow rivals.

Kennedy additionally spoke candidly about her age — she additionally typically advocates for what she calls “Magnificence With out an Expiration Date” as one other one in all her platforms.

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“I felt assured in my very own pores and skin at 31, which is previous the previous age restrict, which is 28 — as you realize, the Miss Universe Group [has lifted] the restriction now — so each lady of all ages can compete,” she instructed the outlet.

She additionally shared that she “hopes [her pageant win] will open up some doorways, open up some hearts for folks to see that there are a lot of facets of the LGBT group on the market, and I hope I could be a optimistic contribution to society in making a distinction just like the USO program I’m working with.”

Kennedy is subsequent set to compete for the title of Miss USA in Los Angeles on August 4.

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