The first transgender contestant to compete in the Miss Universe pageant is the favorite to win the crown. At least, that’s what the gambling oddsmakers say.
Miss Spain Ángela Ponce – who was born male – is the favorite to win Miss Universe according to the gambling odds at MyBookie.ag, as first reported by The Blast. Ponce is at +600. By comparison, Miss USA is at +2000. (The favorite has the lowest number.)
According to the odds, gamblers also believe that a contestant will not trip this year and that host Steve Harvey will announce the correct winner. The pageant will be held Dec. 16.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, Ponce won the Miss Spain contest in June. Ponce had genital surgery at age 16.
“There are women with a penis and men with a vagina because the only key part of being a woman is to be and feel like a woman,” Ponce told The New York Times.
Ponce added, “I find it weird that some women don’t tolerate that I go to a competition to represent my country as the woman that I am.”
Guillermo Escobar, president of Spain’s beauty contest, said he supports Ponce.
“She is a pioneer, sending a message of equality and respect, but my hope is that we will eventually have many more candidates like her and this will no longer make the headlines,” Ponce added.
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.