Spanish Model Creates History By Becoming The First Transgender Contestant To Take Part In Miss Universe Competition
Spanish model Angela Ponce will be recorded in the History books as she became the first transgender woman to compete in the annual Miss Universe competition.
Though, the 27-year-old failed to win the competition, which was grabbed by Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, Ponce did make headlines and said that her significance went beyond winning the prize.
“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 said.
“If I can give that to the world, I don’t need to win Miss Universe, I only need to be here.”
She missed out on reaching the top 20. But the Miss Universe organisation paid tribute to the model by screening a special video montage in her honour at the pageant in Bangkok, Thailand.
The video was narrated by model and co-host Ashley Graham. “Angela Ponce is everything you’d expect from the reigning Miss Universe,” Graham said.
“She’s smart. Driven. Beautiful. But her path has been anything but ordinary. And nothing short of extraordinary.”
The audience gave a standing ovation after watching the video as she took the runway. As she made her way down the catwalk, she removed her Spain sash, holding it aloft in the air with pride.
She has been receiving a lot of praise for her pathbreaking appearance and it it’s only going to increase now.
“Angela Ponce is a winner already by simply standing in front of a world audience,” one person wrote.
“Defying hate and bigotry. A powerful woman with beauty, advocacy, and a heart. A woman!”
“They dedicated a special segment for Angela Ponce to acknowledge her, and recognise her representation. She is a woman, and in the eyes of the universe, she will always be a woman,” another person tweeted.
Meanwhile, Ponce was grateful for all the love and appreciation she received and thanked all those who supported.
“What an honour and pride to be part of the history of @missuniverse.” She continued, writing: “This is for you, for those who have no visibility, no voice, because we all deserve a world of respect, inclusion and freedom.
“And today I am here, proudly representing my nation, all women and human rights.”