Angela Ponce is the current reigning Miss Spain, which meant that this past Sunday, she competed in the Miss Universe pageant.
While she did not win the crown, Ponce broke major ground as the pageant’s first openly transgender contestant. This was made possible thanks to the 2012 reversal of a policy that barred transgender women from competing.
And Ponce tore it up on the runway.
— Fabulous (@Fabulousmag) December 16, 2018
Carrying a bold message of inclusion, transgender rights and a rebuke to US President Trump, Miss Spain's Angela Ponce is blazing a trail as the first transgender contestant in the 66-year history of #MissUniverse https://t.co/H4eRXb45VD pic.twitter.com/bh6J5IAhNp
— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 14, 2018
Miss Spain #AngelaPonce is the first transgender contestant at the #MissUniverse and she's a favourite to win. "Trans women have been persecuted and erased for so long. I’m showing that trans women can be whatever they want," she says. https://t.co/k1EywkMgWo pic.twitter.com/GqyedDH0DI
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) December 13, 2018
Ponce explained in an interview:
“Trans women have been persecuted and erased for so long. I’m showing that trans women can be whatever they want.”
People were here for her.
Angela Ponce is a winner already by simply standing in front of a world audience. Defying hate and bigotry. A powerful woman with beauty, advocacy, and a heart. Awoman!
— Universal Rodina (@iamrodafrog) December 16, 2018
One word: Fierce. ???????? pic.twitter.com/tH1pQVHk8A
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 10, 2018
— Panaberto Pecopon (@AnH3LL_) December 10, 2018
So georgeus and beautiful
— Alex (@LUISALEJANDRE25) December 10, 2018
And many pushed back against Ponce’s haters.
I truly hope all of the people who don't know any better get to meet and befriend a transgender individual in their lives. When you truly get to know them, you realize without a doubt that they were NEVER meant to be anything other than who they identify as.
— VerainnesThoughts (@AbsorbedByCell) December 17, 2018
Angela Ponce is competing at the Miss Universe 2018 as Miss Spain. That means she’s qualified. Thank u, next.
— Koji Arsua (@kojiarsua) December 16, 2018
The fact that she is putting herself out there says so much about her strength of character. Nothing but respect!
— blown wish⚡️???? (@blown_wish) December 17, 2018
Congrats to Angela Ponce for blazing a path.