spainFor the first time in the history of the iconic Miss Universe pageant, a transgender woman will compete for the crown.

Angela Ponce won Spain’s Miss Universe competition beating out 22 other contestants for the coveted spot. Angela, who lives in Seville, Spain, will compete in the worldwide Miss Universe contest set in the Philippines in December.

“Bringing the name and colors of Spain before the universe is my great dream,” she wrote on Instagram after she won. “My goal is to be a spokesperson for a message of inclusion, respect and diversity not only for the LGBTQ+ community, but also for the entire world.”

Angela competed on the Miss World Spain stage in 2015 but lost to Miss Barcelona Mireia Lalaguna.

“Society is not educated for diversity, it’s what made me go public, I mean, here I am and I’m not weird,” Angela told Spanish newspaper 20 Minutos at the time, according to Newsweek. “I just have a different story, a woman who came to life differently but I’m a woman.”

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