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'I'm fighting for my community' says Miss South Africa's first transgender contestant
The first transgender contestant in South Africa's national beauty pageant, 24-year-old Lehlogonolo Machaba hopes she will inspire greater acceptance of the LGBTQI community.

Machaba, a fashion model, is competing for the Miss South Africa title, which opened to transgender contestants in 2019.

"Being the first is a bit overwhelming and I'm also anxious that people do know now that I'm a trans woman," Machaba said.

South Africa is the only African country where same-sex marriage is legal and which enshrines LGBTQI rights in its constitution. People can change their identity in the national birth register.
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Lehlogonolo Machaba, the first openly transgender woman to compete for the Miss South Africa title combs her hair before a photo shoot in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 24, 2021. Picture taken July 24, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
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Lehlogonolo Machaba, the first openly transgender woman to compete for the Miss South Africa title poses for a photograph outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, July 10, 2021. Picture taken July 10, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
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Lehlogonolo Machaba, the first openly transgender woman to compete for the Miss South Africa title poses for a photograph outside her home in Pretoria, South Africa, July 23, 2021. Picture taken July 23, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
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Lehlogonolo Machaba, the first openly transgender woman to compete for the Miss South Africa title poses...
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Lehlogonolo Machaba, the first openly transgender woman to compete for the Miss South Africa title poses during a photo shoot in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 24, 2021. Picture taken July 24, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
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Lehlogonolo Machaba, the first openly transgender woman to compete for the Miss South Africa title is assisted by her stylist during a fitting for a photo shoot at her home in Pretoria, South Africa, July 23, 2021. Picture taken July 23, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
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Lehlogonolo Machaba, the first openly transgender woman to compete for the Miss South Africa title has her makeup done before a photo shoot in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 24, 2021. Picture taken July 24, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
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Lehlogonolo Machaba, the first openly transgender woman to compete for the Miss South Africa title poses for a photograph at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, July 10, 2021. Picture taken July 10, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
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Lehlogonolo Machaba, the first openly transgender woman to compete for the Miss South Africa title speaks to Reuters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, July 10, 2021. Picture taken July 10, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
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Lehlogonolo Machaba, the first openly transgender woman to compete for the Miss South Africa title has her hair styled during a photo shoot in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 24, 2021. Picture taken July 24, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
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