“However, in order to be eligible to compete internationally, the contestant must be in possession of a valid South African ID document reflecting that their amended sex is female.”
This historic move was widely embraced and commended on social media.
Homosexuality is legal in South Africa, standing out in a continent where homophobia is seen ad illegal and same-sex relationships are often punishable by law.
The competition itself was previously hailed for breaking beauty stereotypes by crowning Zozibini Tunzi, a short-haired woman with a darker complexion, as the 2019 winner.
Tunzi went on to make history when she became the first Miss Universe wearing a short, natural haircut, a move that was applauded by many black people around the world.