We live in a world that’s ever-changing, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the increased representation which has been given to the LGBTQ+ community. While we still have a long way to go when it comes to achieving equality, some of its members are no longer held back by many of the outdated standards which would have, for example, prevented a transgender woman from competing in a beauty pageant.
Thankfully, all around the world, people are waking up to the fact that gender exists on a spectrum. It’s for this reason that platforms like Facebook no longer require people to just identify as male or female, and, if applicable, they are more than able to change their gender on the social networking website if they wish. What’s more is that transitioning has become easier than ever before with medical advancements.
A reflection of these positive societal changes is 26-year-old Angela Ponce’s victory in qualifying for the prestigious Miss Universe beauty pageant. The gorgeous transgender model beat 22 other women in the qualifying contest, which was held on Friday of last week.
This victory represents the first time that a transgender woman has qualified – six years after the ban on non-cisgender women entering was lifted.