Interview with Kataluna Enriquez, Miss Silver State Nevada USA 2021

Interview with Kataluna Enriquez, Miss Silver State Nevada USA 2021

June 17, 2021
By Monito Power

Kataluna Enriquez, Miss Silver State NV USA 2021, sits down with Monito Power of @pageatthreads as part of our Queenly Tea Talks Instagram Live series to talk about her experience in the pageant world and beyond.

<b>Monito: First off, could you tell me a little bit about Kataluna Kouture?</b>

Kataluna Kouture, a fashion brand started by Kataluna Enriquez, Miss Silver State Nevada USA 2021

Kataluna: Yes! I started off my business like Queenly did. When I started to do pageants, I could not afford anything or find anything that could fit my body type. As a trans woman, I know my body is a little different from everybody else. I could never find anything that would make me feel powerful and so I made my own. I have learned that many people share the same challenges I have.

M: Pride month is just around the corner and I see you are partnering with some different organizations. Can you tell me about those and your future plans?

K: Pride Tree is a non-profit that helps and supports LGBTQ+ youth. I attended one of their classes and was so touched by the way I was able to share my story. I am also partnering with Arie and hosting a private shopping event to support the It Gets Better Project.

Kataluna Enriquez, Miss Silver State NV USA 2021, is a proud trans model and pageant titleholder who volunteers with LGBTQ+ organizations

M: The most powerful thing about pageantry is having a platform to make a change. Recently, the Miss South Africa Organization announced they will begin to accept trans women contestants. What does that mean to you to see those changes happen?

K: I am glad South Africa made that move. They are setting a good example for neighboring countries. This is a good step.

M: Someone in the comments asked: Did you have any positive representation growing up?

K: Not at all. At this point, I still do not know of a Southeast Asian American who is competing in pageantry. That is also why I started competing. I know a lot of individuals do not have representation.

M: What is your favorite thing about your state and the possibility of being able to represent them?

K: It would mean a lot. Nevada made history when they made the move to protect same-sex marriage. To represent them would mean a lot to me.

M: I think you would be a perfect representation for that. In what ways are you preparing for the pageant?

K: In many ways! Most importantly, I am prioritizing my mental health. I have been finding my purpose and working with it.

<b>M: If you could go back and give your younger self advice, what would it be?</b>

Kataluna Enriquez, Miss Silver State NV USA 2021, interview with Queenly Tea Talks

K: Great question! I would tell her to embrace everything that she is, including all her flaws, challenges, and trauma. All of that will lead to a stronger you. Your voice is just not a noise, it is a statement and pathway to something more.

Thank you, Kataluna! Check out the full interview here and make sure to follow Queenly on Instagram for more exclusive interviews.

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