Miss Spain makes history as 1st transgender Miss Universe contestant

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Angela, 27, is the first transgender contestant to participate in the pageant since it reversed a longstanding rule that only "naturally born" women may join.

Ponce didn't make the competition's top 20 but was still grateful to be there.

A teary eyed, Angela in her recorded interview said, "I don't need to win Miss Universe". I mean just confusing all the time. "In order to eradicate intolerance, I think it is very important to teach those values from a young age".

In that contest, she bagged the privilege of representing the country at the Miss Universe pageant in Athens, Greece and in 1973 got hold of the Miss Universe title, with the prestigious Miss Photogenic award in tow. She said that this year's Miss Universe would be a victory for human rights.

Her message of support came a couple of days after Gray competed in the Miss Universe preliminaries, where she debuted her much-talked about "Lava Walk" that featured a slow-mo twirl.

Catriona Gray is 4th Filipina beauty queen to be named Miss Universe in the competition's history. "I'm showing that trans women can be whatever they want to be: a teacher, a mother, a doctor, a politician, and even Miss Universe".

In a Rappler Talk, Thirdy further expounded on why Catriona was deserving to win the crown.

In the clip, she shared her advocacy of representing diversity as she hopes of living "in a world of equality for everyone".

"Isa pang winning moment 'yung recognition na ibinigay nila sa transgender at sa LGBTQ community, 'yung ibinigay nila sa Spain". To which she responded saying, "At least I have the regional crown on my head".

The organization has allowed transgender participation since 2012.

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