Addie Vincent, Transgender Entrant in Pageant at Chapman University, is Miss Congeniality
Addie Vincent not only made history as the first transgender contestant in an all-female pageant at Chapman University, she walked away with a title.
No, she was not named Delta Tau Delta fraternity's Miss Delta Queen, but the 21-year-old senior was named Miss Congeniality.
In yer face, Sandra Bullock!
The honor came Wednesday night in Memorial Hall on the Orange campus, where Delta Tau Delta has held the Greek system-wide Delta Queen pageant since 2008 to raises funds and awareness for the Beckstrand Cancer Association, a Newport Beach-based nonprofit that improves the lives of cancer patients and their families.
Vincent, a Canadian-born, Michigan-raised Peace Studies major, had previously told the Weekly she prepared for three months to be Alpha Delta Phi fraternity's Delta Queen contestant. That preparation included bracing herself for a backlash.
But she was greeted at the pageant with supportive hoots and hollers, and after reading an original poem describing hardships endured by transgender people, Vincent was honored as Miss Congeniality.
"Tonight was so awesome," she reportedly told the Orange County Register afterward. "The fact that I was just able to compete was so amazing on its own."