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Angela Ponce, representing Spain, has made history by becoming the first transgender contestant to compete for the title of Miss Universe.
Get to know Miss Universe Spain 2018 and her journey to the crown.#MissUniverse airs LIVE Dec 16 at 7pm ET from Bangkok, Thailand only on @FOXtv. Who will take home the crown? pic.twitter.com/JplBvuBPs8
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 15, 2018
The 2018 Miss Universe Pageant was themed “Empowered Women” and judged by a panel of seven women.
In a video segment Ponce emotionally revealed, “My hope is for tomorrow to be able to live in world of equality for everyone. Simply for us all to understand that we are all human and that we must make all our lives easier together. That reality for many people is going to change.”
“If I can give that to the world, I don’t need to win Miss Universe, I only need to be here,” Ponce said.
Speaking to CNN ahead of the finale, Ponce admitted she felt a huge sense of responsibility being the first transgender contestant.
“It gives me a lot of pride and personally I’m very proud to have made it here,” Ponce told CNN. “The first obstacle that I overcame was to be born into a world that wasn’t prepared for transgender people. I always say that it’s not like you feel like a woman. You already are a woman.”