At the Miss Universe 2018 pageant which took place in Thailand yesterday, a new history was made as the Spanish representative, Angela Ponce, became the first openly transgender woman to contest in the pageant.
Angela, 27, didn’t make it to the top 20 but for her, the most important thing is that she was actually able to be there and contest in the pageant which had until 2012, been unaccepting of trans women as contestants.
In a pre-recorded interview for the show, Angela disclosed what her goal for participating in he contest was: “I’m here to represent diversity of humans in the world,” she 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 that we must make all our lives easier together. That reality for many people is going to change.”