FACT CHECK: Is Miss USA Boycotting The Miss Universe Pageant Over A Trans Participant?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Twitter claims Miss USA is boycotting the Miss Universe pageant due to a trans participant. 

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a satirical website. A spokesperson for the Miss Universe Organization confirmed the claim is untrue in an email to Check Your Fact.

Fact Check: 

A 22-year-old trans woman recently won Miss Netherlands in a historic first for the country, according to Fox News. The winner will go on to represent the Netherlands at the Miss Universe pageant later this year in El Salvador, NPR reported.

A Twitter post claims Miss USA is boycotting the Miss Universe pageant due to a transgender participant. The tweet shares the news in text accompanied by an article covering the claim.

“The Netherlands has no credibility,” the tweet reads. “Miss Universe is tainted. Miss USA has already Boycotted the event. Miss USA Boycotts Miss Universe Pageant: ‘I’m Not Competing Against a Man.'”

There is no evidence for this claim, however. It originates from an article from The Dunning-Kruger Times, a site that identifies itself as satire on its “About Us” page. Check Your Fact found no credible news reports about Miss USA boycotting the Miss Universe pageant. 

The Miss Universe Organization provided a statement from Morgan Romano, Miss USA 2022, in an email to Check Your Fact.

“I support all of the national contestants and any woman brave and confident enough to put herself out there on the global stage! I would never boycott or skip a competition for a reason like this,” Romano said. “I’m also not Miss USA 2023, but I’ll be thrilled and a little sad to pass the crown on to that winner when the time comes.” (RELATED: Viral Image Purporting To Show Man Wearing ‘Trans Kids Are Sexy’ T-Shirt Is Altered)

The spokesperson added that the person who will represent United States at Miss Universe 2023 in El Salvador won’t be chosen until later this year.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter