Miss Universe has been one of the most awaited pageants all around the globe. Each country roots for their own representative in this competition of beauty.
In this Miss Universe 2018, a contestant breaks the barriers.
Ms. Spain Angela Ponce is the first transgender woman to take the Miss Universe stage. Since the reverse in 2012 that participants must be “naturally born” women, she is making history. She joins the competition taking on the “pride” of her fellow countrymen and LGBTQ community.
Being the first transgender woman to receive the Ms. Spain title, she aims to do the same with the Miss Universe title.
This year’s competition would be held at Bangkok, Thailand; the transgender community continues to be marginalized and misunderstood, with high rates of s*****e.
There are a lot of obstacles along the way. A leaked report claimed that the Trump Administration considers changing the gender definition laws. This law might be focusing unto natural traits at birth. Creating a barrier for transgender people.
Ponce, being defiant to the idea of being boxed with her physical traits says:
“I always say: having a v****a didn’t transform me into a woman. I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here,” gesturing to her head.
She works with a foundation in Spain helping struggling children linking to the stigma of being trans. Fully aware of the visibility she brings to the Miss Universe platform.
Miss Universe is not just battle for the crown but also a battle for platforms to be uplifted. Different countries have their own platforms to battle for. This LGBTQ acceptance is for Miss Spain, Angela Ponce.