Transgender Model Will Represent Spain In Miss Universe After Defeating 22 Women
There is no denying the fact that there is a little positive change in the behavior of society towards the LGBTQ+ community but still a long journey is to be covered before achieving equality. Transgender people and their community are now receiving more recognition for their journeys and more and more people are understanding that this feeling is not a phase and in fact, it’s someone’s life. There are now much larger communties surrounding LGBTQ+ which offer their support and even Transgender Dating and forums so that any transgender person can feel included. Dating can be incredibly difficult in this community due to stereotypes and misconseptions, but dating sites are making it much easier for trans people to find significant others. The good part is that now they have been recognized as the third gender and this has increased their confidence to a great extent. However, a lot is required to be done to bring a change in the mental attitude of people who are still following the outdated norms.
Nevertheless, there is one person whose success has shown a ray of hope to the members of this community and she is none other than 26 years old Angela Ponce.
1Meet Miss Spain, Angela Ponce
Angela Ponce is a beautiful transgender model who has won the title of Miss Universe Spain 2018 on Friday last week. She proved herself better than the other 22 women contestants who were also competing for the prestigious title. Angela has made history by winning it as this is for the first time that a transgender woman has won this title and not only this, she is also the first transgender woman to compete in Miss Universe.
2Shared her happiness on social media accounts
She took to her Instagram account and shared her happiness after winning the title. As per her, it is her great dream to bring the name and colors of her country Spain before the universe. She also adds that she wants to speak for inclusion, respect and diversity not only for her community (LGBTQ+) but for the whole world.
3Miss Universe beauty pageant
The Miss Universe beauty pageant will take place in Philippines in the month of December this year. Earlier, the transgender women were not allowed to take part in the Miss Universe contest but in 2012 this ban was lifted. Jenna Talackova, another transgender model, challenged the Miss Universe Organization legally in 2012.
4The legal battle
Jenna Talackova along with the celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred fought against the organization and Donald Trump, the current USA President who was the owner of the organization at that time. The ban was lifted and since then, the transgender women are allowed to take part in the beauty contest.
Here is a photo of Jenna:
5As per Trump, the decision was already taken
Donald Trump said that they took the decision two days before they came to know that lawyer Allred was fighting the case. In fact, he went on to say that if he knew it earlier, he wouldn’t have taken this decision as Allred is a third-rate lawyer and it’s very easy to defeat her.
6Jenna Talackova and her efforts
Jenna was disqualified from taking part in the beauty contest because she wasn’t given the female gender at birth. Jenna fought and won the legal battle and participated in the contest. She was one of the top 12 contestants but wasn’t able to make it in the top 4. However, she was voted as the “Miss Congeniality” by her fellow contestants.
7Angela’s first big appearance
Angela, who is basically from Seville, represented Cadiz in the Miss World Spain contest 2015 but was defeated by Miss Barcelona Mireia Lalaguna Royo. Mireia won the Miss World title in the contest which was organized in China that year. We have to admit that the transgender beauty has made a great comeback.
8Angela was not eligible for Miss World Spain
Although Angela participated in Miss World Spain in 2015, technically she was not eligible for it as the transgender women were not allowed to take part at that time. When she was asked to comment on this, she said with grace that at least there is one regional crown on her head, as she won Miss Cadiz in 2015.
9Best time to win
This is definitely the best time for her to win the contest as June is the Pride month of LGBTQ+ community. It will be a great boost for the morale of her community members if she goes on to win the Miss Universe title. The final date for the Miss Universe 2018 is yet to be decided.
10The society needs to learn
While she was participating in Miss World Spain 2015, she said that there is a need to educate the society about the diversity and this is what made her go public and talk about it. She also said that she is not weird or strange, it’s just that she has a different story.
11The realization about gender
Angela got to realize that she has been given the wrong gender and felt that she is a female for the first time when she was just three years old. She started exploring her gender identity when she reached the age of 11 and it was in the year 2014 that she completed her transition.
12Reactions on her victory
There had been mixed reactions from people after her victory. While there were some who were not happy with it, few persons supported her and several others congratulated her, slamming all those who were being trans-phobic in their reactions. Well, we really hope that negative comments will not affect Angela.
13Some negative reactions
There were quite a few negative reactions on her victory and one person did not hesitate from saying that she is disappointed and feels sorry for the real beautiful women of Spain. As per an online user, when he says that boys are better than girls, he never means this.
Some online users congratulated Angela from their heart and paid respects to Spain while few others took this moment as a chance to slam the haters by saying that there is too much of transphobia in the comments and these people should come out of their caves as this is 2018.
15We wish Angela all the best
We offer our best wishes to Angela Ponce for the Miss Universe contest and we are sure that she is going to make not only her country but also the LGBTQ+ community all over the world proud of her. There is no doubt that now the whole world should understand that people of this community should also be treated equally and with respect.