back to top
BEAUTY
 / 

This Trans Model Is Competing In The Miss Universe Pageant And Her Platform Is Inspiring AF

Angela Ponce is coming for that CROWN, honey.

For the first time in its history, the Miss Universe pageant will have a transgender woman competing for the crown. Angela Ponce won Spain's Miss Universe competition on June 29, and will now go on to compete in the worldwide Miss Universe going down in the Philippines this December. Y'all, it's LIT!

@angelaponceofficial / Via instagram.com

The 26-year-old model beat out 22 other contestants, making history as the first transgender woman to be crowned Miss Universe Spain. When she competes in the worldwide competition later this year, she will be the first openly trans contestant, making history AGAIN.

@angelaponceofficial / Via instagram.com

Back in 2015, she told 20 Minutos: "Society is not educated for diversity, it's what made me go public, I mean, here I am and I'm not weird, I just have a different story, a woman who came to life differently, but I'm a woman."

Let's make history♥️🇪🇸 #Pride2018 #MissUniverseSpain2018 https://t.co/0kyJTREAHf

Ponce plans to use her platform "to be a spokesperson for a message of inclusion, respect, and diversity, not just for the LGBTQ+ community, but for the entire world." Yaaass, Queen!

@angelaponceofficial / Via Instagram: @angelaponceofficial

Former contestant Jenna Talackova, and the GLAAD, played a critical role in the inclusion of transgender women after she was disqualified from Miss Canada Universe in 2012. Litigation between her lawyers and the Miss Universe organization led to Talackova being reinstated in the competition before the official ban lift in fall 2013.

Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images / Via instagram.com

This moment is one that's been a long time coming. WE'RE ROOTING FOR YOU, ANGELA!!!

@angelaponceofficial / Via instagram.com
Connect with As/Is