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First transgender contestant to compete in Miss Universe pageant this weekend:
Posted: Dec 14, 2018
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/CNN) - This weekend's Miss Universe pageant, set in Bangkok, is going to be historic.
Among the most notable competitors is the pageant's first-ever transgender contestant.
Miss Universe Spain Angela Ponce, 26, beat out 20 other women in June to qualify for the global round of the pageant. Miss Universe stopped banning transgender women from competing in 2012.
Ponce says she entered the fashion industry ten years ago and has been competing in beauty contests for the last three years. She's opened up about her time as a model, saying she suffered discrimination, being rejected for fashion events or shoots once designers or organizers discovered she was transgender.
Ponce said she plans to use her platform to draw attention to the high suicide rate among transgender persons.
“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,” Ponce told The Associated Press this summer.
CNN reports Ponce is said to be a favorite for Sunday's competition.