‘Let’s make history’

A transgender woman will compete in the Miss Universe competition for the first time ever

Angela Ponce. (Instagram)

Angela Ponce is set to become the first transgender women to ever compete in the Miss Universe pageant after the model won the Miss Spain beauty competition this past weekend.

“Let’s make history,” wrote Ponce on Twitter, noting that her victory came at the end of Pride Month. In a separate post written in Spanish on Instagram, she added that “my goal is to be a spokesperson for a message of inclusion, respect and diversity not only for the LGBTQ+ community, but also for the entire world.”

Ponce’s inclusion in the competition is the result of trailblazing efforts Jenna Talackova of Canada, who won the right to compete in the Miss Canada competition in 2012 — where she went on to be named Miss Congeniality. Ponce’s groundbreaking win also comes as the Miss America competition undergoes sweeping changes under the stewardship of Gretchen Carlson, who has removed the swimsuit and evening gown portion of the pageant as part of an effort to lessen the competition’s focus on “outward physical appearance.”

Read the full story at The Advocate.

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