Miss Universe's First Transgender Model Slays The Runway

For the first time in the Miss Universe pageant's 67-year history, an openly transgender model has entered the competition.

Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, took to the runway on Sunday night rocking a bright, fuschia bikini and a smile that would rival Helen Of Troy.

The 27-year-old is described on the Miss Universe website as someone who wants to "dedicate her efforts towards the empowerment of women" while also campaigning to "promote gender diversity and equality".

Ponce said she is hoping to send a message of inclusion and equality to US President -- and the pageant's former owner -- Donald Trump.

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"I always say: Having a vagina didn't transform me into a woman," Ponce previously told reporters. "I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here," she said, gesturing to her head.

Ponce currently works with a foundation in Spain that helps transgender children.

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The competition was thrown into controversy just a few days ago after a video emerged showing Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers, Miss Australia, Francesca Hung, and Miss Colombia, Valeria Morales,  appearing to mock Miss Vietnam, H'Hen Nie, for not being able to speak English.

The competition is being held this year in Bangkok, Thailand.

In the video, Summers can be seen chatting with two other pageant contestants when she references Nie: "She's so cute and she pretends to know so much English and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes...", Summers said, before miming someone smiling and nodding.

The video went down like a lead balloon on social media, with many slamming the trio for their remarks.

While Miss USA has since apologised, Miss Australia and Miss Colombia have remained silent on the issue.

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