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Rachel Slawson Makes History as First Openly Bisexual Beauty Queen to Compete for Miss USA

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By Sarah Wolstoncroft

Rachel Slawson made history Saturday after winning the crown and title at the Miss Utah pageant. Slawson's recent win makes her the first openly bisexual woman to enter the Miss USA competition.

"Hey Utah, we're going to Miss USA! 🌈👑😍HMU and Photo by @mr.austinryde," she wrote in an Instagram photo Tuesday, alongside a selfie in her new crown.

A walk down Rachel Slawson's Instagram page shows her journey to get here wasn't always an easy one. However, fans appreciate the beauty queen for her openness and strides in the LGBTQ community.

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Rachel shared her mental health with fans.

The Blast shares Miss USA will feature first openly bisexual contestant Rachel Slawson
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To help fans understand how badly she wanted the Miss Utah crown, Rachel, 25, explained online what she went through mentally behind the scenes.

On her Instagram, she posted two photos from this year's Miss Utah competition, writing, "Let's just get straight to the point."

She then explained, "The last time I tried to end my life I was 19 years old, and it was the night I lost Miss Utah USA," explains in her caption that she questioned, "' Why wasn't I enough?'"

She battled Bipolar Disorder and "coming to terms" with being "a queer woman."

The Blast shares Miss USA will feature first openly bisexual contestant Rachel Slawson
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In her Instagram caption, Slawson redirected the focus from sympathy to enlightenment, explaining how the experience helped her to learn how to accept herself.

"This is my 7th pageant, my 5th time competing at Miss Utah USA, and tonight I finally experienced hands down the biggest dream of my life. After a few trips to the psych ward, being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (the reason I had such an extreme reaction to losing a pageant) and finally coming to terms with who I am as a queer woman," she wrote in the caption.

She also said being queer is "just one detail on the list of things that make me Rachel."

The Blast shares Miss USA will feature first openly bisexual contestant Rachel Slawson
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However, Slawson also wanted to set the record straight with fans on Instagram. While she is proud of her rocky journey and how it's helped her accept herself, she doesn't want to be labeled as just the bi-contestant.

"Being Queer is not a 'platform.' The reason I waited so long to come out as a member of the LGBT+ community was that I didn't think who I choose to love should define who I am...I may be LGBTQ, but that's just one detail on the list of things that make me Rachel," she wrote in an Instagram caption alongside a picture where she's laughing and wearing a white jacket with a rainbow stripe.

Fans can't get enough of Miss Utah.

The Blast shares Miss USA will feature first openly bisexual contestant Rachel Slawson
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While Miss USA hasn't even announced an official air date yet, contestant Rachel Slawson already has a decent fan base with 17K followers on Instagram.

After posting her "Being Queer is not a 'platform'" photo, one fan joined the comment section, writing, "If you're not Miss USA 2020 I will throw a riot! 🌈"

Former "Zoey 101" actress Erin Sanders also showed her support for Miss Utah on the post where she explained her suicide struggles.

"Beyond words! Your strength is deep and what you share is changing lives," Sanders wrote in her comment.

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