Spain's Angela Ponce has become the first transgender contestant to participate in the Miss Universe pageant.

"I was born into a world, into a society which really wasn't prepared for me. I had the support of my family, but I still faced discrimination, and I had no role models," Ponce told Thomson Reuters Foundation News earlier this month. 

The international Miss Universe competition was held in Bangkok this year. The winner crowned Monday morning was Miss Philippines, Catriona Gray.

The Miss Universe Organization, which owns the beauty pageant, lifted a ban on transgender contestants in 2012.

A model from Seville, Ponce outpaced 22 other contestants for the Miss Spain title, according to NPR.

Ponce competed originally in the Miss World pageant in 2015, until she learned the competition prohibited trans women from winning. 

"It crushed me," Ponce said in an interview with Time last month. "I had to go on and perform, and it felt horrible. But after I got to the Miss Universe final, Miss World changed their rules too. I changed the rules."