First transgender Miss Universe contestant doesn't win, still makes history


After years of hard work and dealing with discrimination in the industry, Ponce finally made it to the worldwide level this year. "Let's support our Miss Universe Philippines!"

Ponce has described the obstacles she faced as a trans model. Knowing this, she was asked in an interview with Time what it would mean to win, to which she replied, "More than a message to him, it would be a win for human rights".

Ponce, who is 26 years old, defeated almost two dozen other contestants in Spain to become Miss Universe Spain, and win the right to represent that country in the Miss Universe pageant.

"If my going through all this contributes to the world moving a little step forward, then that's a personal crown that will always accompany me", Ponce explained. But after I got to the Miss Universe final, Miss World changed their rules too.

Everyone cheering for #MissSpain!

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She pointed out, "I'm OK!"

In another interview just a month before the pageant, Gray acknowledged the voice that Ponce represents.

It's the earth-shattering noise created by the glass ceiling she broke. "If she can further educate people about what are the needs of the transgender community to get us to be more compassionate towards them..."

The organization has allowed transgender participation since 2012.

Those who bet on the event says Ponce is a favorite in Sunday's competition.