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Angela Ponce — who was crowned Miss Universe Spain in 2015 — is the first transgender woman in history to compete in the finals of the Miss Universe contest.

Angela will be representing Spain in Miss Universe 2018 that is set to take place in Philippines later this year.

Shortly after she was chosen to participate in Miss Universe, Angela took Instagram to express her thoughts and wrote: “Bringing the name and colours of Spain before the universe is my great dream. My goal is to be a spokesperson for a message of inclusion, respect and diversity not only for the LGBTQ+ community but also for the entire world.”


Until 2012, transwomen were banned from the competition but when transgender model Jenna Talackova legally challenged the authorities the ban was removed back when President Donald Trump owned the pageant.