First trans Miss Universe contestant Angela Ponce is a clear favorite, bookies say.
Hailing from Seville, Spain, Ponce might break new ground at this year’s beauty pageant by being the first trans winner. And she has numbers on her side, too.
The 25-year-old will represent her country at the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, taking place on 17 December.
According to bookies, the Andalusian has grown to become the favorite with current odds of +600.
For comparison, Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers has odds of +2,000 if she wins the competition and Miss Mauritius Urvashee Gooriah currently pays out at +20,0000 if she wins.
Ponce was crowned as Miss Universe Spain on 29 June. Despite the historic victory, she endured transphobic abuse.
‘I have to win not just for me but for all the people in Spain and around the world so the situation changes,’ she said after winning the title.
‘Not just for the LGBTI collective but for all of humanity. I’m not just another Miss Universe candidate who wants world peace; I have a very powerful message of tolerance, hope, respect, love for oneself and others. I want to do all this under the Spanish flag.’
The beauty pageant lifted the ban on trans women competing in 2012.
She already competed in 2015
Ponce went for Miss World Spain in 2015, but did not win.
When she lost, she told the Daily Mail she already felt like a winner.
‘I have the regional crown on my head,’ Angela said about representing Cadiz at that time.
‘And I will keep fighting to make us seen, to make us heard and to demonstrate that I am already a queen with my own crown.’
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