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Miss Spain becomes first transgender contestant in Miss Universe history

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — The big winner of the 2018 Miss Universe pageant Sunday night in Bangkok, Thailand, wasn't the champion.

It was Miss Spain's Angela Ponce, who became the pageant's first transgender contestant in its 66-year history.

Ponce didn't make the top 20 but said she was happy to be included in the competition.

Ponce said in a video presentation that it was not important for her to win, but was more important for her "to be here."

“What an honor and pride to be part of the history of @missuniverse,” she wrote in an Instagram post.

When she walked the runway, Ponce, who is 27, received a standing ovation. She was named Miss Spain in June.

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray took home the Miss Universe crown.

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