Miss Universe 2018 Live Stream. Like many other contestants of the Miss Universe beauty pageant, Ms. Angela Ponce grew up and saw a brilliant show on television, hoping to one day present her country.
This year, her wish came true: Ms. Ponce made history as the first transgender participant in the 66-year history of the competition.
“Trans women are harassed and washed for so long. I show that trans women can be anyone, “said Ms. Ponce, who was crowned Miss Spain earlier this year.
“I am proud to have the opportunity to use this platform to inform about commitment, tolerance and respect for the LGBT + community,” he said in an interview in Bangkok, where the final will take place on December 17.
The organization Miss Universe, owner of a beauty contest, lifted the ban on transgender competition in 2012.
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The competition takes place in more than 190 countries, each year it is visited by nearly 500 million viewers.
Miss Ponce was selected by several online bookmakers as a favorite to win the crown. She works as a non-profit organization in Spain that works with children and families involved in gender identity problems.
According to her, transgender children often struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
“I was born in a world, in a society that was not really ready for me. I had the support of my family, but I still faced discrimination, and I had no role model, “he said.
“Many children face discrimination because they are different. “It’s important to tell them that they have the right to be who they are, who they want to be,” he said through an interpreter at Thomson Reuters.
The competition will take place when Thailand is preparing to adopt a landmark bill that will allow civil associations between people of the same sex to become the first Asian country to do so.
Last year, the Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legal marriage and establish a two-year legalization period. But voters rejected a legalization referendum last month.
Ponce, 26, said she was excluded from several fashion contests because she is transsexual.
“When I won Miss Spain, I was so excited,” he said.
“When they installed the crown, I simply closed my eyes to accept it, because I knew it was a very important moment.”
Along with Ms. Ponce, another participant who fought against prejudice and also went down in history as the first aboriginal participant of Miss Universe in Panama.
“When I participated in the competition, there was a lot of criticism: people attacked me on Instagram and in the media and said that I should not be allowed to participate in competitions,” said Ms. Rosa Montezuma, her eyes were improving.
According to the UN, there are 370 million indigenous people in the world.
They constitute less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but 15 percent of the poorest, as they are denied rights to land, as well as access to education and medical care.
“Indigenous peoples have a lot of traditional knowledge, but they do not give us the same opportunities,” said Ms. Montezuma, 25,
“For me, this is a great platform to reach the whole world and show that indigenous girls can also succeed.”