The Miss Universe pageant has undergone some changes in the past, but there has never been as massive a change like this one at this year’s pageant. Spain’s Angela Ponce is making history as the first transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.
The global competition will once again be hosted by Steve Harvey, who took a great deal of heat for previously announcing the wrong winner. The competition will air on the Fox network on Sunday night. It will take place in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ponce, 26, earned a spot in the Miss Universe pageant earlier this year after beating 22 other competitors in June. She was given the title of Miss Universe Spain, according to Yahoo News.
At the time of her victory, Ponce told The Associated Press that she’d try to use her platform to help promote transgender rights.
“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.
“Bringing the name and colors of Spain before the universe is my great dream,” Ponce also wrote on Instagram after she won. “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.”
Transgender women were not allowed to compete in the Miss Universe pageant up until 2013 when Canada’s Jenna Talackova challenged the ruling.
The competition got underway last week, and The New York Post noted that Ponce has received positive reviews for both her performance and message of inclusion.
The winner of Miss Universe 2018 will be crowned on Monday night.
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