Miss Spain Angela Ponce: 'I don't need to win Miss Universe, I only need to be here.'
She might not made it to the top 20, but Miss Universe's first transgender contestant Miss Spain Angela Ponce accomplished what she came for - a chance to represent diversity in the competition.
To celebrate her participation in the pageant, the Miss Universe organization paid tribute to Angela during the coronation night held in Thailand on Monday, December 17. Angela had a special walk during the pageant and shared an inspiring speech to the world.
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In her VTR, Angela shared that she was bullied growing up but with the love of her parents, she learned to embrace who she is and achieve her dreams. As Miss Spain, Angela wants to stand for diversity and promote equality in the world.
"I'm here to represent diversity of humans in the world. My hope for tomorrow is to be able to live in a world of equality for everyone, simply for us all to understand that we are human and that we must make all our lives easier together, that reality for many people is going to change. If I can give that to the world, I don't need to win Miss Universe I only need to be here," she said.