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.”
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Hoy hablamos con @univision para el programa @primerimpacto y seguido también tuve la ocasión de sentarme a compartir un rato con @tv3cat en El Jardín de la Máquina del @grupolamaquina. . . #MissUniverseSpain @orgbemiss Maquillaje & Peinado: @jeanrodriguesmakeup Coordinación: @pulidojose Estilismo: @caro_omana
Meet Miss Universe's first transgender contestant, Angela Ponce, who will represent Spain at Miss Universe 2018: https://t.co/Pmo1OOPDyp #transgender #Missuniverse2018
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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.