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Glamour Magazine Brazil announced the winners of their Generation Glamour awards this week, and the roundup of honorees featured two biological men, including an influencer named Linn da Quebrada, who brought home “Woman of the Year.”
Quebrada does not identify as a woman the way many trans-identifying men do. “I’m not a woman, I’m a transvestite,” he told Globo Television Network presenter Pedro Bial, according to Reduxx. “Let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as ‘a woman.’”
The prize winner justified his stance by listing several Portuguese words that have ambiguous or subjective meanings, which he believes is also true of the word “woman.”
Quebrada identifies as a gay man or a transvestite, a commonly used term in Brazil to describe men who dress like women but do not identify as women, according to Reduxx. The influencer became famous after appearing on “Big Brother Brazil.”
He also participated in a photo shoot using a prosthetic pregnant belly, saying he dreamed of getting pregnant and becoming a mother one day, according to an Instagram post. He has almost 3 million followers on the platform.
Giovanna Heliodoro was the other male winner, taking home Glamour‘s “Woman Influencer with a Cause” award. Heliodoro identifies as a “feminist black trans woman,” Reduxx noted, and is known for being a trans rights advocate in Brazil.
Quebrada and Heliodoro aren’t the first men to be honored as the best women. In 2015, Glamour Magazine named Caitlyn Jenner their Woman of the Year for working as a “trans champion.” In March of this year, USA TODAY announced that one of their “Women of the Year” was the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rachel Levine, who is also a man.
In July, the University of Pennsylvania nominated transgender-identifying swimmer Lia Thomas for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Influencer Dylan Mulvaney was invited to the White House to speak with President Joe Biden.
Mulvaney, a male, doesn’t even identify as a woman, choosing instead to embrace “girlhood” with the popular “Days of Girlhood” series on TikTok which Biden claims to have watched. Like Glamour Brazil’s new “Woman of the Year,” the 25-year-old social media star also claims to want to become a mother one day.