LGBTQ+ Pride Month

For The First Time Ever, A Transgender Woman Was Crowned Miss Universe Spain

She will go on to compete in the worldwide Miss Universe pageant.

While June is the official LGBTQ+ Pride month, it is something to be celebrated all year. This Pride Month ended with a particularly exciting milestone moment when a transgender woman was crowned Miss Universe Spain for the first time ever. 

The crown went to model Angela Ponce.

Ponce previously competed in 2015 Miss World Spain as the Cadiz representative, but didn't take home the crown. 

For Miss Universe Spain 2018, the 26-year-old beat out 22 other contestants to clinch the title.

Her historic win was announced June 29 as LGBTQ+ pride month officially wrapped up.

"I am very happy with what all this means," Metro Weekly reported the Sevillian beauty said. "I want to give a lesson to the world of tolerance and respect towards oneself and towards others."

She will now go on to compete in the worldwide Miss Universe 2018 pageant in December, representing her country.

Ponce's announcement comes only six years after the pageant rules were changed to be more inclusive. Transgender contestants have only been able to compete in Miss Universe since 2012 after trans contestant Jenna Talackova, who represented Canada, petitioned to be allowed to compete.

After her historic win, Ponce took to Instagram. In a post written in Spanish, she said, "Today begins a new cycle for me, committed to myself, with my mission of life, with Spain, I'm going to the @missuniverse, with the awareness and commitment to carry forward a message of inclusion, respect, tolerance, love for oneself, love for others."

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