On Sunday night Miss Universe actor Catriona Gray crossed from the Philippines as winner, but another winner in the evening was Spain’s Angela Ponce, who made history as the first transgender of the competition.
The competition once owned Donald Trump and lifted the ban on transgender competitors in 2012. Prior to the contest, Ponce took Instagram to express his gratitude to represent Spain, the Transgender Community and other marginalized votes.
“What honor and pride to be a part of @ Missuniverse’s history,” she wrote in Spanish. “This is for you, for those who have no visibility, no voice, for we deserve everyone a world of respect, integration and freedom. And today I am proudly representing my nation, all women and human rights.” [1
9659004] Ponce did not make the last round of 20, but she claimed another victory with representation and inclusivity.
The 67th Miss Universe competition took place in Bangkok, Thailand and featured women from 94 nations. Once again, the performance was hosted by Steve Harvey. Fortunately, the performance went smoothly and he announced the right winner – as opposed to 2015, when he wrongly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as winner when the real winner was another Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.