The new Miss Universe Spain was once a man. Angela Ponce, 26, made history by becoming the first crown winner to have previously undergone a sex reassignment operation.
Although she is the first to win a national title, Ponce is not the first transgender to enter the global contest. In 2012, Jenna Talackova took legal action against the Miss Universe organization and then-owner Donald Trump. Trump and pageant coordinators, who originally said transgenders could not compete, reversed their decision prior to the case going to court.
“Let’s make history,” Ponce wrote in English on Twitter July 1.
— Angela Ponce-Official🇪🇸🏳️🌈 (@angelaponceoff) July 1, 2018
The responses were less than encouraging for Ponce. One Twitter user wrote, “Dude, get some help.” Another asked, “First Miss America drops it’s bathing suit competition, now Miss Universe allows drag queens? What else can we destroy that straight men like?” Earlier this year, Gretchen Carlson announced the Miss America pageant will do away with the bathing suit portion of the competition.
Dude, get some help
— Old_Minded (@Triggerracing) July 2, 2018
First Miss America drops it’s bathing suit competition, now Miss Universe allows drag queens? What else can we destroy that straight men like?🙄🙄
— Education is Key (@DeeerJames) July 6, 2018
Ponce will go on to represent Spain in the international Miss Universe pageant final. The organization has yet to announce the time or place of the event.