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.
- Don Stuck