We’ve all seen the pageant world portrayed on the big screen through films like Miss Congeniality and reality shows like Honey Boo Boo that’ll scar generations. The horrors of pageantry involve masks of makeup, forced dieting, and, often, mothers forcing children into the unpredictable entertainment world. Who needs a childhood filled with innocence and competitions on the monkey bars when they could be competing for trophies? Sarcasm, unless trophies are your thing.
Miss Universe is the dream for pageant contestants around the world. This beauty pageant was first formed in June 1952, by a California-based clothing company, Catalina Swimwear. Nowadays the pageant is hosted by A-list celebrities and airs on cable networks in 190 countries. The pageant has a history of firsts, which includes the infamous moment Steve Harvey crowned the wrong contestant in 2015. The moment is as cringe-worthy as you’re imagining so do yourself a favor and watch the biggest fail of the year. In 2018, Miss Universe had another historical moment by having the first transgender woman, Angela Ponce, to compete.
Who Is Angela Ponce?
Angela Ponce shot to fame after her first major competition win for Miss World Cadiz in 2015. The Spanish beauty later competed at Miss Spain 2018 pageant. She beat 22 competitors to win the title, becoming the first transgender woman to win. The 27-year-old participated in the Miss Universe pageant on December 16, 2018, and, although she didn’t take home the crown, she won by helping quality.
In an interview with Insider, Angela Ponce said, “My hope is for tomorrow to be able to live in a world of equality for everyone, simply for us all to understand that we are human and we must make all our lives easier together.”
She continued, “If I can give that to the world, I don’t need to win Miss Universe, I only need to be here.”