Former “Dancing With the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke will co-host the Miss USA pageant on July 12, and there’s one person she’d like to see at the judge’s table.
“I think Caitlyn Jenner would be an amazing judge,” Burke tells Entertainment Tonight. “I think she's so empowering. A lot of people look up to her.”
Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has been given an open invite to judge the pageant.
Miss USA officials pointed out earlier this month that theirs is the only pageant system that allows transgender contestants, and has done so since 2011.
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“While she is not yet confirmed to judge, the organization would indeed love to have her and are reaching out to make an offer,” the pageant confirmed about Jenner in a statement.
Jenner’s recent personal journey has struck close to home for Burke, who danced for 18 season on ABC’s celebrity dancing competition.
“Because I have been bullied and attacked about my body, body image has always been an issue for me,” Burke said. “You don't have to be a size zero to be beautiful. You have to embrace your body, whether it's curvy or whatever you may be. You have to embrace who you are. Beauty comes from the inside not out.”
Judges already confirmed for the pageant include country singer Jessie James Decker, “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott, former Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith and Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera.