She didn’t win the crown, but Spain’s Angela Ponce captivates netizens

Kurt Dela Peña

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She didn’t win the crown, but Spain’s Angela Ponce captivates netizens
Netizens celebrate Angela Ponce's stint at the Miss Universe pageant

MANILA, Philippines – “A giant leap forward in pageantry.”

This was the sentiment of netizens as Miss Universe gave a tribute to Spain’s first transgender hopeful, Angela Ponce during its ceremony on Monday, December 17 (Manila time) in Bangkok, Thailand. (READ: HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Universe 2018 coronation)

After the announcement of the top 20 semi-finalists, in which she failed to advance, Ponce walked the stage one last time while a tribute video was playing. Ponce recieved cheers from the audience. 

The video featured Ponce’s struggles from childhood as a member of the LGBTQ community until she finally made it to Thailand.

“I don’t need to win Miss Universe. I only need to be here,” she said in the video.

According to Twitter user @nakngtweeting, “pageantry just reinvented itself and will never be the same.”


 

Since the pageant was established, this was the very first time a transgender woman was able to compete.


 

 

Meanwhile, netizens also commended Ponce for being the “voice and inspiration of acceptance and love.”


 

Netizens said that Ponce just showed the world that there’s a chance for a more diverse, respectful, and more stronger dignity for everyone.


 

Aside from lauding Ponce and the Miss Universe pageant, netizens also asked the public to stand for equality.


Here’s what netizens have to say about Ponce’s stint at the Miss Universe 2018 pageant:


 





 

Meanwhile, the Philippines’ Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe 2018. – Rappler.com

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