"I don't need to win miss universe, I just need to be here."
Angela Ponce became the first in history to compete in the main Miss Universe pageant as a trans woman.
Over the weekend, Ponce was in Bangkok at the IMPACT Arena, having just contended with women from 94 other countries and territories for the coveted crown.
The Miss Universe organization prides itself as being more than a beauty contest because aside outward appearance, players should also be intelligent and well cultured. It is said that most women lose the competition early on because of a weak answer to the question response round.
Ponce, 27, was the victor among 22 other women vying to represent Spain during the contest.
“I’m very excited to participate in Miss Universe. I feel like I am living a unique experience,” Ponce told LGBTQ Nation before the competition got underway. “I’m happy to be representing my country.”
“I hope people think that any dream is possible, when they see me in the competition,” added Ponce. “It is possible to live our dreams.”
President Trump owned the popular pageant from 1996 to 2015. Allowance of trans contestants began in 2012.
Despite winning the opportunity, Ponce suffered severe backlash from online bigots and others in the media.
Sadly she did not place in the top 20, but her solo walk was met with a standing ovation.
"I don't need to win miss universe, I just need to be here," she said,
The organization saying of her concession walk, "Without a doubt, this was the most emotional and exciting moment of Miss Universe 2018."