History is created on 8th July 2023, as Rikkie Valerie Kolle wins the Miss Netherlands pageant as the first transgender model. She is now to represent her country in the 72nd Miss Universe contest.
This Dutch-Moluccan model is the second from the transgender community to take the beauty world by storm. She took it from where her precursor, Angela Ponce of Spain, left it. It is obvious that the road to glory has not been easy for Rikkie Valerie Kolle. Speaking of her true identity as a transgender in public was itself a task. However, she found ample support from her family to sail through these tough situations.
Ecstatic after the win, this transgender model shared the moments of her crowning glory on her Instagram story. She rightly captioned the photos and video, “I did it.” In these posts, you will see her wearing the crown of Miss Netherlands Universe 2023 and posing with other models or contestants in the pageant.
The only reason a man won Miss Netherlands is because the girls were stupid enough to play along with this charade and hand him the crown. Women are their own worst enemy. pic.twitter.com/nS7rLx01Sx— Gina Bontempo (@FlorioGina) July 10, 2023
The model and beauty pageant winner, in a one-on-one with 360 News, said that her aim is to become a role model and voice for the QUEER community. She has learned her lessons and gone through loneliness, where she was also hit by negative thoughts. But she has emerged victorious and more robust, and she wants to infuse the same strength into people like her who feel a little vulnerable. She sounds resolute as she says, “Because as long as you always remain who you are, there is no one who can stand above you.”
This beautiful model has been adjudged as the winner of this title by a 7-member jury team. Monica van Ee was the chairperson, and the other six esteemed members were Julia Sinning, Bart Ettekoven, Awura Abena Simpe, William Rutten, Marvy Rieder, and Edsilia Rombley. The board of jury found her the most suitable successor of Ona Moody, Miss Netherlands, 2022.
The Jury report of 2023 Miss Netherlands says, “Rikkie has beamed throughout the show and has also made the greatest progress in the process. She has a strong story with a clear mission. The jury is convinced that the organization will enjoy working with this young woman.”