TRANSGENDER WOMAN CONTESTED IN MISS WORLD AS MISS SPAIN
History was made at the recently concluded Miss Universe as Spain’s Angela Poncehe became first transgender woman to compete in Miss Universe. The Pageant which happened on Sunday from Bangkok, was a star-studded event that featured regular host Steve Harvey as onstage, Ashley Graham backstage and Ne-Yo as the lead performer.
After earning title of Miss Spain in June, beating out 22 other competitors, Ponce told the Associated Press she hoped she had used the platform to fight for better rights for transgender people. “If my going through all this contributes to the world moving a little step forward, then that’s a personal crown that will always accompany me,” Ponce said.
Ponce spoke with Time in late November, and shed light on the issues she’s faced as a transgender model. “The fashion industry likes to talk about freedom and creativity. But many times I’ve gone to a casting and they’ve given me the job, and then later my agency calls and says they’ve changed their minds, because they’ve found out I’m a trans woman,” said Ponce. “I would just burst into tears.”
Miss Universe, a show formerly owned by President Trump, once held a ban on transgender contestants — which was officially lifted in 2012 Although Trump no longer owns it, Ponce said that participating in Miss Universe was hugely symbolic. “More than a message to [Trump], it was a win for human rights,” Ponce told Time. “Trans women have been persecuted and erased for so long. If i had won the crown, it would have shown that trans women are just as much women as regularwomen.”
The crown was eventually won by Miss Phillipines Catriona Gray.