The beauty queen became the first trans woman to make it to the main pageant in the Miss Universe Competition. Instead, Ponce informed the Associated Press that advancing transgender rights is exactly what he will do. After a while I realised that I can't change other people's perspective of me.
Ponce was crowned Miss Spain in June.
Angela, 27, is the first transgender contestant to participate in the pageant since it reversed a longstanding rule that only "naturally born" women may join.
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Ashley Graham was injured backstage while taking on hosting duties at the 2018 Miss Universe pageant. Referring to he fanbase, she added: "Pianatics, let's do this". Knowing this, she was asked in an interview with Time what it would mean to win, to which she replied, "More than a message to him, it would be a win for human rights". "She is that voice for the transgender community".
"A few years ago I lost a close friend to health complications with HIV", she said.
But the focus wasn't only on her Mayon Volcano-inspired gown and the famed Mikimoto crown as many also noticed her iconic ear cuff.
"She didn't just wake up one day and was like, 'I feel like being a woman!' She feels it in herself".