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MEXICO CITY — The contestants in the beauty pageant sashayed in red bathing suits, paraded across the stage in evening gowns with plunging necklines and answered questions about climate change and human rights. After four hours, and a brief protest onstage by a losing contestant, a brunette from the western Mexico state of Colima took the crown. It was the second edition of the pageant, which was begun as part of an effort to make transgender women more visible and accepted in Mexican society.
The year-old Spanish beauty became the first transgender woman to ever participate in the international competition. In the final competition, however, she did not make it to the final round. Catriona Gray, a year-old model from the Philippines, came in first place Monday, with Miss South Africa and Miss Venezuela coming in second and third, respectively.
Founded 16 years ago by former contestant Karina Samala, Queen USA stepped onto the national stage as the centerpiece of the first TransNation Festival, a three-day event with a parallel film festival. Because for all the feathers and fabulousness a beauty pageant connotes, there is the sobering reality that transgender people are routinely marginalized, discriminated against, and worse trans women are murdered at a higher rate than any other demographic. It was for this that the A-list came out to support and celebrate in force. Ozzy helped her get ready.
This time, the pageant made history by honoring its first winner of African descent. Royale, 31, became emotional when she heard her name. Just 24 hours earlier, as The Advocate chatted with her over a Thai lunch in the seaside town of Pattaya, she expressed doubts in her ability to win despite being seen as one of the front-runners.
Ponce was not the first transgender to win in a pageant for girls. InJenna Talackova, a model and TV personality, created a stir when she waged a legal battle to be allowed to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant after being initially disqualified for being a transgender. She reached the Top 12 but failed to land in the Top 5.
Ponce will become the first transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. But she is also on a mission to challenge traditional concepts of gender and beauty, as well as to break down what she sees as unacceptable barriers in the fashion industry. Ponce, 27, grew up in Pilas, a town in southern Spain where her father owned a bar that is now managed by her elder brother.
This year, her wish has come true, with Ms Ponce making history as the first transgender contestant in the pageant's year history. I'm showing that trans women can be whatever they want," said Ms Ponce, who was crowned Miss Spain earlier this year. The Miss Universe Organisation, which owns the beauty pageant, lifted a ban on transgender contestants in
MADRID — The first transgender woman to compete in the global Miss Universe pageant wants to make history as a role model for trans children around the globe — no matter whether she wins or not the top beauty title. The year-old Angela Ponce beat 20 other contestants in the Miss Universe Spain gala on June 29, qualifying for the global round of the pageant, which has allowed transgender participation since But Ponce is already planning to use it as a platform to draw attention toward high rates of suicides among trans teenagers, as well as legal codes that still discriminate against them around the world.
Morales, who was named Miss Colombia on September 30, slammed the fact that the Spanish choice for the upcoming competition is transsexual. I want to have a lovely experience and if she wants to get to know me, I would also like to get to know her. My goal is to make people aware of my reality and to talk a little to the world about the lack of education on diversity, an important factor that without doubt leads to so much bullying, prejudice and violence. I ask for respect for both my fellow competitor Valeria Morales and for myself.