Miss Spain Made History as the First Miss Universe Transgender Competitor

Deanna Kelley
December 18, 2018

Angela Ponce, Miss Spain 2018, was the first transgender contestant during The MISS UNIVERSE® Competition.

Although transgender contestants have been eligible for Miss Universe since 2012, Ponce's inclusion in the pageant is especially poignant, considering that it was formerly owned by Donald Trump, whose administration was slammed this fall for considering a policy that would erase protections for trans individuals.

Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela competes in swimsuit during the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant in Bangkok on December 17, 2018. She also congratulated Catriona Gray, 24, for her win.

She pointed out, "I'm OK!" As long as I know my intentions were pure, people around me know me - they know that I would never say anything like that deliberately - so I just had to be okay with that and let other people say what they wanna say. During the coronation night, Gray was asked what title would she give to a song she would write for her fellow Filipinos, and she said: "Raise Your Flag".

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"Show's over, but the doctors came to the rescue", Graham praised.

"We represent something - that has to be what we're there for".

All eyes were on Catriona Gray when she made her first walk as the Miss Universe 2018. However, despite her participation Miss World organization didn't accept transgender participation.

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