Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, the first openly transgender contestant in the 66-year history of the Miss Universe pageant, is getting rave reviews for her bikini body, runway glamour and message of inclusion.
“I always say: Having a vagina didn’t transform me into a woman,” the post-op trans gal told reporters as the pageant got underway last week in Bangkok, Thailand.
“I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here,” she said, gesturing to her head.
Ponce, 27, works with a foundation in Spain that helps trans children.
“Children are born without prejudices and I think if we talk to them about diversity from a young age, we can create a new generation of human beings who are raised a lot better,” Ponce said.
The tiara and sash will be awarded Monday.