The first transgender Miss Universe contestant competed last night and has strong words for President Trump

In 2012, The Miss Universe pageant lifted a ban that kept transgender individuals from competing and last night, they had their first transgender contestant. Spain’s Angela Ponce didn’t win or even make the top 20.

Ponce posted on Instagram that even though she didn’t win, she could still claim victory.

What an honor and pride to be part of the history of @missuniverse,” she wrote in Spanish. “This is for you, for those who have no visibility, no voice, because we all deserve a world of respect, inclusion and freedom. And today I am here, proudly representing my nation, all women and human rights.”

Others didn’t feel the same way, stating that Ponce’s inclusion in the all female pageant is actually anti-woman.

Ponce was critical of President Trump, telling Yahoo:

“I always say: having a vagina didn’t transform me into a woman. I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here,” she told AFP, gesturing to her head.

She also took issue with the classification of trans people by large sections of society based on prejudice and narrow assessments of gender.

“Outsiders say what I can and cannot do, what I am and what I am not,'” Ponce said.

“No, I’m sorry. To be a woman is your identity. It doesn’t matter if you are white, black, if you have a vagina… if you have a penis.”

President Trump owned Miss Universe until 2015.

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