Miss Spain makes history as 1st transgender Miss Universe contestant

Miss Spain makes history as 1st transgender Miss Universe contestant

Miss Spain makes history as 1st transgender Miss Universe contestant

Ponce, who is an LGTBQ+ activist, became the center of attention when a pre-taped segment was broadcast showcasing key moments of Miss Spain's life and efforts leading up to her participation in the beauty pageant, which was won by Catriona Gray of the Philippines.

Although transgender contestants have been eligible for Miss Universe since 2012, Ponce's inclusion in the pageant is especially poignant, considering that it was formerly owned by Donald Trump, whose administration was slammed this fall for considering a policy that would erase protections for trans individuals. Contestants from around the globe spent the last few weeks touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown. "I'm OK, but I just wanted to let you guys know what I'm doing".

A teary eyed, Angela in her recorded interview said, "I don't need to win Miss Universe".

In the final round, Gray earned applause describing her work in the slums of the Philippine capital Manila.

"I would love to hear her personal experience on the battlefront of being a transgender woman", she said.

"We represent something - that has to be what we're there for".

The video featured Ponce's struggles from childhood as a member of the LGBTQ community until she finally made it to Thailand.

But the focus wasn't only on her Mayon Volcano-inspired gown and the famed Mikimoto crown as many also noticed her iconic ear cuff.

She has three wishes right now: for good weather, for world peace, and for Catriona Gray to become the next Miss Universe victor from the Philippines after her.

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