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The first transgender model was crowned Miss Spain, and now she'll compete to become Miss Universe

Hello Giggles logo Hello Giggles 7/5/2018 Nicole Pomarico
a close up of a woman © Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Pride Month might be over, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate this latest victory for the LGBTQ community. For the first time in history, a transgender woman will be competing in the Miss Universe pageant, and this is obviously huge news.

According to Express, 26-year-old Angela Ponce won Miss Spain on June 29th after competing against 22 other contestants, and that means that later this year, she’ll be competing in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant when it’s held in the Philippines in December, making her the first trans woman ever to compete.

Considering the fact that, until 2012, trans women were banned from the competition, this is a Very Big Deal, and it seems like Ponce is excited for the opportunity. Earlier this week, she shared a photo on Instagram of herself in her crown after winning the pageant, thanking the people who have been there for her from the start.

La vida está llena de retos, de desafíos, comprender eso en mi vida ha hecho que hoy haya cumplido un sueño que siempre tuve, para ello lo único que necesite fue convertir cada obstáculo que se me presentaba como una oportunidad de crecimiento. Desde mi tenacidad, con constancia, disciplina, respeto, amor a mi misma cierro con La Corona del Miss Universo España una etapa donde camine de la mano de mi familia y amigos recibiendo siempre su apoyo y amor incondicional, sin ellos nada de esto sería posible. @daniela_fundacion por permitirme crecer y ser mejor persona a su lado. Y a mis preparadores @juliomatamoros_hair y @jorgematamorosmakeup por confiar en mi y regalarme su tiempo, sus conocimientos y su ilusión. Hoy comienza un nuevo ciclo para mí, comprometida conmigo misma, con mi misión de vida, con España, voy rumbo al @missuniverse, con la conciencia y el compromiso de llevar adelante un mensaje de inclusión, respeto, tolerancia, amor por uno mismo, amor por los demás. De la mano de @orgbemiss y @guillermoescobaroficial, llevando a adelante nuestro slogam: “SOMOS MÁS DE LO QUE VES”, les doy las Gracias por acompañarme en este maravilloso viaje, por creer en mí, por darme la oportunidad de poner un granito de arena por una sociedad que merece cambios, dejar una huella sembrada en cada ser humano que la vida me ponga en mi camino. Gracias por cada mensaje lleno de amor que me han enviado...

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Her caption is in Spanish, but she writes that she has finally accomplished a lifelong dream and that she will continue working towards tolerance and acceptance for all people.

“Today begins a new chapter for me,” she wrote in Spanish. “I’m going to the @missuniverse pageant with the awareness and commitment to carry forward a message of inclusion, respect, tolerance, love for oneself, love for others.”

So many congratulations to Ponce, the new Miss Spain. We can’t wait to see her compete, because whether or not she wins Miss Universe is irrelevant — just by competing at all, she’s changing the world. Fingers crossed that this leads to even more inclusion in pageants from here on out. All women deserve the chance to shine — however they choose to.

Related: Transgender model finds body confidence [Provided by CNN]

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