The ideological war between the conventional norms of society and the sexual diversity of the contemporary world has filtered into Miss Universe.
In the midst of the revolution of the #MeToo movement, which has led to the elimination of parade in swimwear in various beauty contests around the world, a controversy arises over the participation of the first transgender aspirant to the crown most coveted by the women.
Newly elected Miss Colombia Valeria Morales has harshly criticized her Spanish rival, Ángela Ponce for her gender identity.
"I believe that a reign of beauty, such as Miss Universe, is for women who were born women. And I think that for her it would also be a disadvantage, so we have to respect it but not share it, "said the 20-year-old Colombian candidate after being crowned as the most beautiful in her country.
Ponce, a 27-year-old activist and model, has been the target of ridicule and insults since the band of Miss Spain, a predominantly Catholic country, was put on at the end of June. Her critics think she does not deserve to be in beauty contests because she was not born with female biological sex.
"Having a vagina does not make you a woman," Ponce said in an interview with the New York Times. "Although many people do not want to see me as a woman, I'm clearly part of them."
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After a heated polemic in the social networks that provoked the comments of the Colombian queen, finally the Spanish queen pronounced herself to defend herself by means of a message elaborated with a conciliatory tone.
"I do respect and respect that is your opinion, but I do not want to reach Miss Universe with any prejudice towards her or any other partner, I want to live a beautiful experience and if she wants to let me know, just as I want to know her she. I will never try to change your opinion, because that is not my function, "the transsexual candidate responded on Instagram after the statements of her Colombian rival.
"My purpose is to make my reality known and to speak to the world a little about education in diversity that is so scarce, an important factor and that would undoubtedly end with so much bullying, prejudice and violence," he said.
View this post on Instagram I have never wanted to comment on the statements of #MissColombia about my participation in @missuniverse, but I see news, videos and photos where they use clippings from previous interviews with the headline "Ángela Ponce responds to Miss Colombia" without be true. . My opinion regarding this topic is: I respect and respect that is your opinion, but I do not want to reach Miss Universe with any prejudice towards her or any other partner, I want to live a beautiful experience and if she wants to let me know, just as I want to know her . I will never try to change your opinion, because that is not my function. My purpose is to make my reality known and to speak to the world a little about the education in the diverse that is so scarce, an important factor and that without doubt would end with so much bullying, prejudices and violence. . I ask for respect, both for my colleague @valeriamoralesd and for me. A post shared by ANGELA PONCE (@angelaponceofficial) on Oct 5, 2018 at 4:34 am PDT
Ponce called for respect, both for her and for Morales, who softened her comments in a subsequent press conference, clarifying that both are "on different paths."
"If Miss Universe accepts it, I will receive it with all the love, respect and tolerance that a candidate deserves, because she will be in the same competition with me," the young Colombian promised.
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