Miss Spain 2018, the first transgender model to be crowned the title and is all set to represent her country at Miss Universe 2018, which will be held in the Philippines.
“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.”, says Angela Ponce, who lives in Seville, Spain, after her win.
Transgender women were barred from competing in Miss Universe up until five years ago. In 2012, Canada’s Jenna Talackova was barred from competing because she was transgender, but with the help of women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred, she legally challenged the rule and got it overturned. Ms Talackova later made it to the top 12 and was one of the four contestants to be named Miss Congeniality.
Ms Ponce competed on the Miss World Spain stage in 2015 after completing her transition in 2014 but lost to Miss Barcelona Mireia Lalaguna. “Society is not educated for diversity, it’s what made me go public, I mean, here I am and I’m not weird,” Ponce told Spanish newspaper 20 Minutos at the time, according to Newsweek. “I just have a different story, a woman who came to live differently but I’m a woman.”
Wishing her good luck for her journey ahead, Team The Hind Paridhan congratulates her on her win…