Janet Mock to judge Miss USA Pageant

Transgender activist, bestselling author and former anchor of MSNBC’s Shift series, So POPular!, Janet Mock will join five other judges on the panel that decides who will be Miss USA 2017, this Sunday in Las Vegas.

Mock, whose next highly anticipated memoir, Surpassing Certainty, is due to hit bookstores next month, will be the first out trans judge in the history of mainstream American beauty pageants.

Mock posted on Instagram that at first, she “felt conflicted about being a judge.”

“Then I remembered that as a feminist my job is to champion other women and celebrate their choices and dreams. With that said, I am ecstatic to be part of a panel that will help a woman extend her platform and use her voice, her intellect, her personal experiences, and yes, her beauty to shine a light on the issues that matter to her most.”

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