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Maxine Medina says sorry to transgender beauty queen Angela Ponce.

MAXINE MEDINA – The Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina apologized over offending comment last year about transgender beauty queen Angela Ponce.

A year after making a comment about the first ever transgender Angela Ponce to have graced the Miss Universe pageant last year representing Spain, Pinay beauty queen Maxine Medina realized and learn the weight of her words. She might not have any bad intentions about speaking up her opinion, however, to some, the words and the thought left a bad taste.

Now, as a human being, admitting and owning up her mistakes, she wrote in an Instagram post, “While I was truly caught in a moment, I’ll graciously and humbly say that it was misinformed, and lacking in empathy and understanding. I know first-hand how it is to feel invalidated as I have been bullied all my life, been called names.”

“Well kung gusto nila talaga sumali, may mga pageants naman na for them, na right for them, so let’s give them an idea na meron namang pageant for them, para namanequal din sa girls diba,” that’s what her comment said regarding the matter based on Rappler.

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Just queenin 💋

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She further added in her apology, she in fact proud of Ponce for making and crossing such a big leap in that field to inspire others and showed no fear in terms of making a change.

“Having been made aware, I am humbling myself as a human being. Now, it is my hope that whether it’s Miss Universe and all the other pageants in the world, women and transwomen continue to dream big and prove themselves that as a woman, you can do anything to be the queens you want to be,” she ended her post.

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Pride month and yesterday's #MEGAForAll and #MEGAEqualityBall saw a resurfacing of a statement I made last year regarding my opinion on Angela Ponce, the first transwoman to join Miss Universe. While I was truly caught in a moment, I'll graciously and humbly say that it was misinformed, and lacking in empathy and understanding. I know first-hand how it is to feel invalidated as I have been bullied all my life, been called names. That's why I really apologize if this is how you felt and still feel. It isn't that I am not supporting a transwoman beauty queen, in fact I was actually proud of Angela, Miss Spain that she made a big step doing this to inspire others and that she had the courage of joining and asking Miss Universe to represent her country as a transwoman. It is such a big step forward for us to realize that we shouldn’t be scared of change. We should embrace it because no matter what, we are aiming for the better future for all. I have much to learn and understand, and that I am willing to do the necessary next steps to more understands the importance of equality in beauty pageants through meeting, speaking with and interacting with people who have different opinions than mine. Equality, I realized, is also about education and learning, not just based on what I know and believe, but also those of others as well. Having been made aware, I am humbling myself as a human being. Now, it is my hope that whether it's Miss Universe and all the other pageants in the world, women and transwomen continue to dream big and prove themselves that as a woman, you can do anything to be the queens you want to be.

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