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Conservatives panic over transgender contestant favored to win Miss Universe

5 130 1924

The 2018 Miss Universe pageant is less than two weeks away, and The Blast reports that Spain’s contestant, Angela Ponce, is heavily favored to win.

The projection has angered some conservatives who are upset Ponce is transgender.

Ponce, who is making history as the first transgender woman ever to compete in the contest, has been open about the significance of her potential win. She told TIME last month that her victory would be a sharp rebuke of President Trump, who used to own the pageant.

“More than a message to him, it would be a win for human rights,” she said. “Trans women have been persecuted and erased for so long. If they give me the crown, it would show trans women are just as much women........

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