This is so great to see!!
Erin O'Flaherty is the newly crowned Miss Missouri, and she will compete in the national Miss America pageant this coming September, which is fantastic in and of itself… but there's a twist!
The 23-year-old beauty queen is also openly gay, having come out of the closet at 18 years old — and that makes her the first out woman to represent her state as Miss Missouri AND the first to compete in Miss America!
The groundbreaking beauty — pictured on the right, above, taking the crown over from the last Miss Missouri representative — is very aware of her place in history, and she sounds SO excited about the future: