While the Miss Universe crown has already been taken away by Catriona Gray from the Philippines, people were secretly cheering for Miss Spain Angela Ponce who is a transgender model. 

The transgender model won the crown in June this year. She said this when she won, 

“If my going through all this contributes to the world moving a little step forward then that’s a personal crown that will always accompany me”.

Angela also talked about her struggle as a transgender model, she said that the fashion industry that often stresses about creativity and being free turned her down. The industries always rejected her the last minute after finding out that she’s a transgender model. She explained that this often made her break down into tears. 

Today there are positive references. People speak about the LGBT community, and the transgender community. Before it was always underground and never spoken about. I think people are more and more informed. All these prejudices come from disinformation, “she said. 

Photo by RUNGROJ YONGRIT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (10035409af)Miss Spain Angela Ponce walks on the stage during the Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, 17 December 2018. Women representing 94 nations will participate in the 67th Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant in Bangkok.Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant in Bangkok, Thailand – 17 Dec 2018

She also added that if she was given the miss universe crown it would show people that trans women are just women like cis women. However she didn’t make it to the top list, but all eyes were on her and people were rooting for her.