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Transgender owner of Miss Universe takes the stage, declares pageant will 'celebrate the power of feminism' — and observers have strong reactions

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Anne Jakrajutatip, owner of the Miss Universe pageant (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Anne Jakrajutatip — a multimillionaire transgender woman who recently purchased the Miss Universe pageant — hit the competition stage Saturday in New Orleans and announced a new era has commenced

Jakrajutatip — a 43-year-old biological male who reportedly always felt like a woman — told the cheering crowd that after 70 years of the pageant being run by men, "it's the moment, really, for women to take the lead."

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