A Spanish model is set to become the first transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. Angela Ponce was crowned in the countrywide Miss Universe Spain 2018 over the weekend, becoming the first transgender woman to win the title. The 26-year-old beat 22 fellow contestants to claim the top spot in the Spanish city of Tarragona, Pink News reported. Her win grants Ponce a place to compete in



the worldwide Miss Universe contest set to be held in Philippines in December 2018. Transgender contestants were first allowed to compete in Miss Universe six years ago. The change was enacted after trans contestant Jenna Talackova was disqualified from Miss Universe Canada when organizers discovered she had transitioned from male to female. READ MORE