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First transgender contestant competes in Miss Universe

While all eyes were on Miss Universe Catriona Gray and her fellow contestants during the pageant on Monday, Dec. 17, there was a minor accident that happened behind the scenes.

Hung was captured on camera talking with Miss USA, Sarah Summers, and Miss Colombia, Valeria Molares, about how hard it would be for Miss Cambodia, Rern Sinat, competing in the pageant as a woman who can not speak either English or Spanish.

The Miss Spain said she is privileged to be taking part in the beauty pageant as the first transgender contestant, as it is something that only a few can experience.

Ponce walked down the runway and raised her sash, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

"If I can give that to the world, I don't need to win Miss Universe, I only need to be here", she added.

"She pretends to know so much English and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes [nods and smiles]".

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"This is for you, for those who have no visibility, no voice..."

Gray and Ponce would later cross paths in Bangkok and appeared to have instantly hit it off, with the Spanish candidate referring to the Filipina as her "Miss Universe sister" on Instagram.

"I'm here to represent diversity of humans in the world", she said. However, despite her participation Miss World organization didn't accept transgender participation.

The Miss Universe contest will air on Sunday night, with talk show personality Steve Harvey performing host duties. Napakasarap sa pakiramdam, kinikilabutan ako.

Paolo Ballesteros, on the other hand, transformed himself into Angela. She would get a job offer, and have it rescinded when the client learned she was transgender and competed in pageants she wasn't allowed to win.

"PAK! Ang ganda ni Angela Ponce".

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