Two Filipina beauty queens have shared their thoughts on Miss Spain Angela Ponce, the first transgender woman to become a delegate to the Miss Universe competition.
In an interview yesterday, July 3, Miss Universe-Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina said, "Why not? Let’s be equal... Let’s welcome everyone."
Asked to comment about the people who found the move offensive, she replied, "Iba na ang panahon ngayon, ang generation ngayon. Kailangan more, more love."
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Meanwhile, Miss Universe-Philippines 2018 delegate Catriona Gray, who would go on to compete with Angela in the upcoming Miss Universe crowning, also found no problem with transgenders joining the pageant.
"Personally, I have no problem with it. But I do understand why there's quite an uproar amongst all the fans and different people looking at the issue," she said in a report by ABS-CBN News.
Catriona furthered, "But you know I think it really depends, one, on the Miss Universe Organization, if they allow it and that's their prerogative; and the bansa, or the country itself. If that contestant can go through the casting process, become a candidate, and earn the right to represent her country, then why not?"
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The 24-year-old Catriona stressed that the decision is really up to the organization.
"Who are we to say, 'You know that's wrong.' I mean it's the discretion talaga of the organization."
It would be remembered that back in 2012, the Miss Universe Organization ended the ban on transgender contestants.
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