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First transgender contestant competes in Miss Universe

First transgender contestant competes in Miss Universe

"If I can give that to the world, I don't need to win Miss Universe, I only need to be here", she said.

Angela Ponce, 26, beat 20 other contestants in the Miss Universe Spain gala in June to quality for the global round of the pageant. I am going really fast'.

Ponce, who is 26 years old, defeated almost two dozen other contestants in Spain to become Miss Universe Spain, and win the right to represent that country in the Miss Universe pageant. Contestants from around the globe spent the last few weeks touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown. The organization has allowed transgender participation since 2012. If you remember in 2015, Pia Wurtzbach also did her own makeup while Gery Peñaso coached her via WhatsApp. "I only need to be here", she said in the video.

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In another interview just a month before the pageant, Gray acknowledged the voice that Ponce represents.

Only afterwards did she get more medical attention backstage. "I have close friends who are transgender, so I've heard their experiences, and there is a lot of work to be done in how we come towards them", Gray added.

Sthefany Gutierrez (firs-left) of Venezuela, Tamaryn Green (2nd-L) of South Africa, Catriona Gray (C) of the Philippines, H'Hen Nie (2nd-R) of Vietnam and Kiara Ortega Puerto of Rico (R) stand on stage after being selected as top five finalists during the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant in Bangkok on December 17, 2018. "That is who she is", she further noted.


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