It seemed like poetic justice for Angela Ponce, a Spanish Trans-woman, who had lived a life of ridicule and shame to suddenly have the spotlight thrust upon her in the most beautiful way possible, when she was crowned Ms.Spain, the first Spanish trans-woman to ever be so.
The 26 year old Ponce is a model and is all set to contend in the Ms. Universe contest after being crowned Miss Universe Spain. She beat 22 other contestants to the coveted crown and on winning exclaimed, “I have fulfilled a dream, it was my tenacity, perseverance, discipline, respect and self love” that won me the title on home turf.”
“I close with The Crown of Miss Universe Spain a stage where I walk hand in hand with my family and friends always receiving their support and unconditional love, without them none of this would be possible,” Ponce said in an Instagram post.
In another Instagram post, Ponce said, “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.”
Miss Universe lifted its ban to let transgender models compete in 2012 after Canadian contestant Jenna Talackova campaigned for inclusion with the backing of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and defense lawyer Gloria Allred.
They fought against Donald Trump, who owned the pageant at the time, to let Talackova compete.
This year, Angela will now compete at Miss Universe pageant which will be organised in the Philippines. Ponce is all set to create history by becoming the first transgender woman to compete in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant.
There couldn’t have been a more appropriate venue for the Ms.Universe contest this year as it sees its first ever transgender contestant. The Philippines is ranked as one of the most gay-friendly nations in Asia. The country ranked as the 10th most gay-friendly in a 2013 global survey covering 39 countries, in which only 17 had majorities accepting homosexuality.
Written by: Delshad Master