Beauty With Pride

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An­gela Ponce has been crowned as Miss Spain. The 26-year-old model was ad­judged the win­ner of the coun­try’s na­tional pageant in July. What makes Ponce unique is the fact that she has be­come the first trans­gen­der to com­pete in the Miss Uni­verse pageant. In a his­toric move, the beauty spec­ta­cle has been thrown open to trans­gen­ders for the very first time. Ponce hails from a con­ser­va­tive town Pi­las, in Seville. The town’s con­ser­va­tive be­liefs ex­tend to its schools, where she was placed in a group of chil­dren ‘need­ing special at­ten­tion’. With the sup­port of her family, she was able to fight the neg­a­tive at­ten­tion and in­sults that came her way con­stantly and al­most be­came a norm for her. At 16, Ponce took hor­monal treat­ment and vagi­nal plas­tic surgery. But the dis­crim­i­na­tion against her con­tin­ued well into her adult life as she was re­jected mul­ti­ple times for fashion events and shoots, once de­sign­ers or or­gan­is­ers learnt about her sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. But life has come a full cir­cle for Ponce and the world will wit­ness her break­ing bar­ri­ers at the Miss Uni­verse pageant. Look­ing rav­ish­ing in her In­sta­gram post, she wrote in Span­ish, “Wear­ing the name and colours of Spain be­fore the uni­verse is my great dream. My goal is to be the spokesper­son for a mes­sage of in­clu­sion, re­spect and di­ver­sity, not only for the LGBTQ+ com­mu­nity, but for the whole world.” Ponce has been re­ceiv­ing hun­dreds of mes­sages on so­cial me­dia for her achieve­ment and also some harsh words. But the 5 feet 11 inches Span­ish model holds on to her be­liefs. “Beauty is used to sell ev­ery­thing around us, and beauty can also help us spread a mes­sage of equal­ity,” she adds. Watch out for this change­maker.

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