Miss Universe is breaking new ground at this year’s pageant with the first transgender contestant to ever compete for the crown, and those betting on the competition are declaring her a heavy favorite.
Angela Ponce won her qualifying rounds in Spain and will represent her country at the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ponce, who hails from Seville, was the first transgender woman to be crowned Miss Universe Spain and is competing to promote gender diversity and equality.
As the competition nears, online bookies are taking action, and Ponce has grown to become the clear favorite with current odds of +600.
The folks at MyBookie.ag compiled their list of where all the countries currently stand. To put it in perspective, the Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers has odds of +2,000 if she wins the whole competition.
It’s highly apt that the world’s first transgender Miss Universe could be crowned in Bangkok. The Thais might only be peeved that it’s not a local, given their international acclaimed accomplishments in the field.
I won’t bet on the outcome of this beauty pageant but I will place a small bet that women around the world and in all areas and walks of life will start getting increasingly annoyed at men who identify as women competing and winning against women who were born women.
We are already seeing it in women’s sports, where the stronger and faster transgender players are leaving women players behind, setting records and winning competitions. Beauty pageants might be next, but more seriously it could be jobs and positions, for example in business, on company boards, in politics.
To question such trends, however, is to invite the accusation of transphobia. And in the hierarchy of victimhood trans trumps female any day of the week.
Welcome to 2018. Miss Universe 2018 — or whatever.
Arthur Chrenkoff blogs at The Daily Chrenk, where this piece also appears.
Illustration: Angela Ponce/Instagram.
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