Spain’s Angela Ponce is making history as the first transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. 

The competition, which will be hosted by Steve Harvey, will air on Fox on Sunday night from Bangkok.

Ponce, 26, earned a spot in the Miss Universe pageant earlier this year after beating 22 other competitors in June to become Miss Universe Spain, according to Yahoo News.


At the time of her victory, Ponce told The Associated Press that she'd try to use her platform to help promote transgender rights. 

“If my going through all this contributes to the world moving a little step forward, then that’s a personal crown that will always accompany me,” Ponce said. 

“Bringing the name and colors of Spain before the universe is my great dream,” Ponce also wrote on Instagram after she won. “My goal is to be a spokesperson for a message of inclusion, respect and diversity not only for the LGBTQ+ community, but also for the entire world.”

Transgender women were banned from competing until 2013, after Canada’s Jenna Talackova challenged the ruling.

The competition got underway last week, and the New York Post noted that Ponce has received positive reviews for both her performance and message of inclusion. 

Miss Universe 2018 will be crowned on Monday.