Beauty queens weigh in on allowing trans women to join Miss Universe


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MANILA, Philippines – Beauty queens spoke up on the issue of allowing trans women to join the prestigious Miss Universe pageant.
Beauty queens weigh in on allowing trans women to join Miss Universe

Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen “Wynwin” Marquez shared her opinion on the issue and said that she hopes the pageant to be exclusive for “natural-born women.”

Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen “Wynwin” Marquez
Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen “Wynwin” Marquez says no to allowing trans women in Miss Universe | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Wynwin Marquez Official Fans Club

Marquez said, “Pero Miss Universe per se, sana ibigay na lang sa natural-born women.And then kasi, there is Miss International Queen, it’s a prestigious pageant also.”

The Miss International Queen is an international beauty pageant specifically for trans women.

She, however, clarified that the decision still boils down to Miss Universe Organization. Marquez said, “It’s tradition for Miss Universe. Pero kung ia-allow naman ng Miss Universe Organization, then we should accept it also, walang problema.”

Marquez added that she has no issues against the LGBT and asked everyone to respect her decision. She said, “ I have nothing against transgenders.”

Miss Universe beauties

Meanwhile, 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach also shared her opinion and thoughts on the matter. A strong support of gay pride, Wurtzbach said that there's nothing wrong with trans women joining Miss Universe. She said, “It is allowed. Trans women can compete and can win. It's not said that only natural-born women can join Miss Universe.”

Even our very own bet to this year's Miss Universe, Catriona Gray also shared the same view with Wurtzbach saying that it's okay to allow trans women to join.
Angela Ponce of Spain is the first trans woman to compete in Miss Universe
Angela Ponce of Spain is the first trans woman to compete in Miss Universe | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Angela Ponce

This came after Spain crowned their first trans woman to represent their country in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant. Miss Universe Spain Angela Ponce made history to became the first ever trans women to compete in the Miss Universe. The 26-year-old beauty queen said that she hopes to be a role model to other trans kids.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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