After Miss Universe Spain 2018 Angela Ponce made a splash as the first transgender woman to compete in Miss Universe, the Miss Universe Vietnam organization follows through with its acceptance of Do Tay Ha, a Business Administration student at the Ho Chi Minh University, as the national pageant’s first transgender applicant.
The Miss Universe South Africa organization is, likewise, opening its pageant to transgender women.
Miss Universe Philippines organization Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee said they will be accepted “as long as they have legal documents to prove they are now female and they already underwent gender reassignment surgery.”
The inclusion of transgender women in the Miss Universe competition is a tricky issue for many women. Among them is Miss Universe Colombia 2018 Valeria Morales, who refused to be Miss Universe Spain 2018 Angela Ponce’s roommate because she said “Angela was still a man.”