History will be made Sunday night at the Miss Universe pageant when the first first transgender contestant for the Miss Universe crown takes to the runway.
I haven’t done my usual Miss Universe previews this year, mostly due to having been on vacation. But the pageant is worth a last-minute look–the finale will be televised tomorrow–because, as it happens, the Miss Universe pageant represents peak 2018.
The big news story is the presence of Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, the first transgender person to qualify for the competition. Ms. Ponce has undergone the requisite surgery, and her participation is reported everywhere as a heartwarming story of social progress:
Ponce says that she hopes to win in order to “send a message to President Donald Trump.” Because every single thing in the world must be about Donald Trump, apparently.
The pageant will be broadcast from Bangkok, Thailand Sunday, which all things considered, seems appropriate in a The Hangover Part 2 kinda way…