Miss Spain Angela Ponce Missouri 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand.
Although there is a separate "Wild Card "round of 5 to round out the final group of women to 25, Ponce went home empty-handed and uncrowned as Miss Universe. Many people, however, still see themselves in the pageant as a victory in and of themselves.
Ponce made history at the show on Sunday because they are the first transgender woman to ever compete in the pageant. in July, Ponce spoke to her on the suicide rate among trans teenagers.
She told AP, "If my going through all this
Ashley Graham narrated a video about the 27 -year-old beauty queen. "Angela Ponce Miss Universe," Graham said. She's smart. Driven. Beautiful. But her path has been anything but ordinary. And nothing short of extraordinary. "  After the video montage in honor of Ponce, she took a solo walk down the runway as the audience erupted into loud cheers.
In November, Miss Spain spoke to TIME about the pageant and her way to Miss Universe. Ponce revealed that she competed in Miss World in 2015, but she "found out on the day of the competition that she did not allow a transgender woman to win." The news "crushed". But after I got to the Miss Universe final, Miss World changed their rules too. "
Ponce thus discussed what a Miss Universe victory would symbolize for President Donald Trump who has used the Miss Universe organization and has taken measures to transgender people from serving in the US military. "It would be a win for human rights," she told the magazine. "They have been persecuted and erased for so long."
She concluded, "I'd never try to change anyone's culture I'm excited. "