History will be made this year when trans woman Angela Ponce competes in Miss Universe in December. She will be the first trans person to compete in the pageant ever.
The 26-year-old model recently beat out 22 other contestants to win Miss Universe Spain for 2018. Because of her win, she will be competing in Miss Universe in December. The pageant is being held in the Phillippines this year.
This isn’t the first time the Seville born winner competing in Miss Universe Spain. Ponce also competed in the 2015 pageant but ultimately lost. So her win is a huge comeback for her on top of a monumental achievement for trans people.
After she was crowned Miss Universe Spain she posted a lengthy heartfelt message on her Instagram. In Spanish she wrote:
“Life is full of challenges, of challenges, to understand that in my life has meant that today I have fulfilled a dream that I always had, for this the only thing I needed was to turn every obstacle that appeared to me as an opportunity for growth. From my tenacity, with perseverance, discipline, respect, love to myself I close with The Crown of Miss Universe Spain a stage where I walk hand in hand with my family and friends always receiving their support and unconditional love, without them none of this would be possible.”
Miss Universe first allowed trans women to compete in 2012. Ponce isn’t the first trans woman to compete in a Miss Universe sub-pageant. Jenna Talackova fought for her right to compete in Miss Universe Canada back in 2012. She didn’t win, but she made it into the top 12 and won Miss Congeniality.
Ponce is the first ever trans woman to compete on the huge stage that is Miss Universe and we can’t wait to see her shine!