This coming December 17, 2018, a new Miss Universe will be crowned in Bangkok, Thailand.
For the first time in the history of the Miss Universe pageant, a transgender representing Spain is a contestant.
Angela Ponce took to Instagram and wrote
Bringing the name and colours of Spain before the universe is my great dream. My goal is to be a spokesperson for a message of inclusion, respect and diversity, not only for the LGBTQ+ community but also for the entire world.
The Miss Universe contest is for women. Genetically women. If there is something that cannot be altered in our DNA, it’s being born genetically male or female.
I have nothing against transgenders. They may not be happy with the body or sex they were born with, and while some of them may want to “change” that over their lifetime, I believe that proper sensibilities should remain to be respected. The beauty pageant is one of them. I mean, how would a male beauty tilt feel if a female transgender represented his country later on?
There are appropriate venues and the world will never run out of contests ( and contestants) for various titles and tilts on beauty and body.
But let’s leave the defining of sexual status the way it should be.
Allowing a transgender to be an official contestant for a country does not speak well on the choice of women representing that country for a beauty pageant. It’s not like that nation has run out of women to actually represent them.
Happiness is not about getting all what you want. It’s about enjoying all you have.
Let’s not abuse the thin line called respect. After all, it is a two way street. Let’s not send the wrong message home.
It is not alright.