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Maxine Medina apologizes for last year’s comment about Angela Ponce

Maxine Medina says that she still needs to educate herself more about equality.

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6/14/2019 10:27 AM
Maxine Medina apologizes for last year’s comment about Angela Ponce


Photo credit: @maxine_medina/ @angelaponceofficial on Instagram

Following the resurfacing of her July 2018 comment about transgender beauty queen Angela Ponce joining last year's Miss Universe pageant, Maxine Medina took to Instagram to apologize for the said remark. It can be recalled that Maxine was alleged as "transphobic" after she shared her stand on Angela's participation in the pageant that year.

"Pride month and yesterday's #MEGAForAll and #MEGAEqualityBall saw a resurfacing of a statement I made last year regarding my opinion on Angela Ponce, the first transwoman to join Miss Universe. While I was truly caught in a moment, I'll graciously and humbly say that it was misinformed, and lacking in empathy and understanding. I know first-hand how it is to feel invalidated as I have been bullied all my life, been called names. That's why I really apologize if this is how you felt and still feel," she stated.

Maxine added that she was actually proud of Angela for taking such a bold step in last year's Miss Universe pageant. She said that she will continue to educate herself about the subject of equality.

"It isn't that I am not supporting a transwoman beauty queen, in fact I was actually proud of Angela, Miss Spain that she made a big step doing this to inspire others and that she had the courage of joining and asking Miss Universe to represent her country as a transwoman. It is such a big step forward for us to realize that we shouldn’t be scared of change. We should embrace it because no matter what, we are aiming for the better future for all," she said. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pride month and yesterday's #MEGAForAll and #MEGAEqualityBall saw a resurfacing of a statement I made last year regarding my opinion on Angela Ponce, the first transwoman to join Miss Universe. While I was truly caught in a moment, I'll graciously and humbly say that it was misinformed, and lacking in empathy and understanding. I know first-hand how it is to feel invalidated as I have been bullied all my life, been called names. That's why I really apologize if this is how you felt and still feel. It isn't that I am not supporting a transwoman beauty queen, in fact I was actually proud of Angela, Miss Spain that she made a big step doing this to inspire others and that she had the courage of joining and asking Miss Universe to represent her country as a transwoman. It is such a big step forward for us to realize that we shouldn’t be scared of change. We should embrace it because no matter what, we are aiming for the better future for all. I have much to learn and understand, and that I am willing to do the necessary next steps to more understands the importance of equality in beauty pageants through meeting, speaking with and interacting with people who have different opinions than mine. Equality, I realized, is also about education and learning, not just based on what I know and believe, but also those of others as well. Having been made aware, I am humbling myself as a human being. Now, it is my hope that whether it's Miss Universe and all the other pageants in the world, women and transwomen continue to dream big and prove themselves that as a woman, you can do anything to be the queens you want to be.

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Maxine continued, "I have much to learn and understand, and that I am willing to do the necessary next steps to understand more the importance of equality in beauty pageants through meeting, speaking with and interacting with people who have different opinions than mine. Equality, I realized, is also about education and learning, not just based on what I know and believe, but also those of others as well."

She concluded her statement saying what she hopes for is for everyone to have an equal opportunity to be the queens that they aim to be.

"Having been made aware, I am humbling myself as a human being. Now, it is my hope that whether it's Miss Universe and all the other pageants in the world, women and transwomen continue to dream big and prove themselves that as a woman, you can do anything to be the queens you want to be," she remarked.