Miss Universe Catriona Gray Stands Up For Transgender Miss Spain in Pageant

Miss Universe Catriona Gray Stands Up For Transgender Miss Spain in Pageant

After years of hard work and dealing with discrimination in the industry, Ponce finally made it to the global level this year.

Gloria Diaz was the first Filipina to win Miss Universe in 1969. Becoming a child model and television star, she also became the sole breadwinner of the family.

In an interview with ABS-CBN back in July, Gray said Ponce has earned the right to represent her country.

"She's a well brought up pageant girl", Hung said, concluding that Gray will be "amazing" as Miss Universe.

"It was well-deserved. She is the most prepared candidate for me in Miss Universe". But after I got to the Miss Universe final, Miss World changed their rules too.

- Vince️‍ (@vinceabarra) December 17, 2018SERYOSO KINILABUTAN AKO. "If I can give that to the world, I don't need to win Miss Universe, I only need to be here", she said.

In another interview just a month before the pageant, Gray acknowledged the voice that Ponce represents.

"Transgender women were banned from competing until 2013 when Canada's Jenna Talackova challenged the ruling", the Hill reported.

I'm so emotional right now.

"So much love & respect Angela Ponce of Miss Spain!".

It's the earth-shattering noise created by the glass ceiling she broke.

Although transgender contestants have been eligible for Miss Universe since 2012, Ponce's inclusion in the pageant is especially poignant, considering that it was formerly owned by Donald Trump, whose administration was slammed this fall for considering a policy that would erase protections for trans individuals.

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