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>> She may not have won Miss Universe but she did make history. Angela Ponce is the first ever transgender contestant is the 66-year-old pageant.>> I think to be here, being the image, the voice, and talking about women's issues, especially those of transgender women and minors, I think is allowing me to enter many houses, many homes through the TV and the press.
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And to create debates within families, conversations about something that has never been talked about and that is very positive.>> A group of her friends, family, and supporters cheered on the reigning Miss Spain at a screening of the contest in her hometown of Pilas in the south of the country.
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Despite her not reaching the final 20, they were still extremely proud.>> This has been a historic day because a transgender person has reached a contest viewed by millions of people. And the most important thing is that she's brought her message until the end. A message of respect, tolerance, and diversity, for which she has been fighting all her life.
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>> The final was held in Bangkok on Monday. The pageant airs in more than 190 countries with about half a billion viewers tuning in each year. The Miss Universe organization lifted a ban on transgender contestants in 2012. Also among the 94 contestants was Panama's first indigenous Miss Universe contestant.
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Despite Ponce being the favorite with several bookmakers, it was Catriona Gray from the Philippines who won the crown.