Meet Spain’s First Transgender Woman Competing In The Miss Universe Pageant

Jena Greene | Reporter

It’s finally happened.

Spain’s first transgender beauty pageant queen will be competing in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant.

Angela Ponce, who was born a biological male, stands at 5’9″ and claims to have started identifying as a woman at age three. She won this year’s Miss Universe Spain and will now compete against all the participating women — who were born female — later this year in Miss Universe.

“I have the regional crown on my head and I will keep fighting to make us seen, to make us heard and to demonstrate that I am already a queen with my own crown,” she said after winning.

Miss Universe ruled it would start allowing transgender individuals to compete for the crown in 2012.

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