There was a Transgender Participant at Miss Universe at 2018

The Miss Universe-2018 competition was held in the capital of Thailand, for the victory in which 94 girls fought.

The crown was handed over to the representative of the Philippines, 24-year-old Catrione Gray. The girl works as an actress, TV host, and photo model. She, also protects the rights of AIDS patients.

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This time Armenia was also participating in the contest for the first time. Our country was represented by 25-year-old beauty Eliza Muradyan, who is a medical doctor.

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This year, a transgender, 27-year-old Angela Ponce, also fought for the title of first beauty and fulfilled her mission – to promote equality and defend the rights of minorities. Transgender participation was allowed since 2012, but no participant had gone beyond the national level before this.

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My National Costume in Miss Universe is a traditional Spanish "bata de cola". This is an iconic piece in Spain, also known all over the world; it is a precious reference of my country. To make this wonderful National Costume, @luisfernandezdisenador was inspired by a number of things. The first one being the white villages of Andalusia, since we wanted to honor where I come from (Seville). The white of the villages, of purity… White representing peace, the peace that I bring as my message hand and hand with equality, respect, inclusion and love. A white 'bata de cola' that crosses a river of beautiful red carnations made by @hatsbyroiz. Secondly we had the carnations as inspiration because they are the most typical and recognizable flower of my beautiful country. For that reason I wanted this flower and its color because it represents the love that, as Miss Universe Spain 2018, I'm transmitting to the whole world. That is the motivate behind a river of red carnations shaped around my head and body, almost as a Spanish flag. As complements, I carried a fan to expand the scent of our land, a beautiful tortoise-shell & Swarovski clip that crowns my head as Miss Universe Spain 2018.

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