Miss Spain First Transgender Contestant on Miss Universe

Spain’s Angela Ponce is poised to make history as the first transgender woman to compete in Miss Universe. The program, which airs at 7 p.m. EST tonight from Bankok, Thailand, will feature Steve Harvey as onstage host, Ashley Graham backstage, and Ne-Yo as the lead performer.

After earning title of Miss Spain in June — which she beat out 22 other competitors to win — Ponce told the Associated Press she hopes to use her 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,” said Ponce.


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