Last Friday, the new Miss Universe-Spain was crowned and it was a historic moment. Angela Ponce, a 26-year-old model, is the first transgender woman to join the prestigious Miss Universe pageant happening later this year.
Angela bested 22 other contestants in her home country and dreams to be an ambassador for inclusion and diversity. “Bringing the name and colours of Spain before the universe is my great dream. 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,” she said. Her win also on the same weekend that Spain held their first Pride march.
This isn’t the first time that Angela joined a major pageant in Spain. Mirrorreports that she represented Cadiz in Miss World Spain in 2017. Miss Barcelona won that year.
Meanwhile, Miss Philippines Catriona Gray chimed in on Angela’s win and says she has no problem with it. “Who are we to say that’s wrong? I mean it’s a discussion talaga of the organization talaga… I’m trying to see from all of the sides. But aside from that we need to consider that this contestant didn’t wake up one day saying ‘I wanna be a woman.’ This is someone who identifies [that she is a woman] since she was a child,” she told Push ABS-CBN.