From Beauty to Brains: 3 Trailblazing Transgender Icons

By Audacy

In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility we would like to take a look at just three of the many trangender people who are making strides, not only within the LGBTQ community, but also for the country. 

Ángela Ponce

Ángela Ponce paved the way in beauty pageant history, being crowned Miss Universe Spain.

Ponce is the first transgender woman to ever compete in the competition.

It wasn’t until 2012 when the Miss Universe Organization removed its ban on transgender contestants.

Chris Mosier

Leading the way in sports, Chris Mosier became the first transgender athlete to join a U.S. national team in 2016.

He earned a spot on the men’s U.S. duathlon team for the world championships.

Mosier went on to be the first trans athlete featured in the "Body Issue" of ESPN The Magazine, as well as in Nike advertisements.

Danica Roem

In 2018, Danica Roem became the first openly transgender woman to be serve in a state legislature.

Roam served in the Virginia House of Delegates for the 13th district.

After winning her election, Demi Lovato famously invited Roem to the 2017 American Music Awards.

We congratulate and thank these men and women for paving a path for future generations.