The transgender Miss Universe contestant got a standing ovation

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This was the sentiment of netizens as Miss Universe gave a tribute to Spain's first transgender hopeful, Angela Ponce during its ceremony on Monday, December 17 (Manila time) in Bangkok, Thailand. Contestants from around the globe spent the last few weeks touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown.

On Saturday, Pia Wurtzbach, who won the title in 2015, rallied her followers on social media to get behind Gray.

Same goes for Gerard Quizon, who sketched an animated version of Gray reflecting her first walk as Miss Universe and subtly showing the Philippine flag to emphasize "Pinoy pride". "I'm OK, but I just wanted to let you guys know what I'm doing".

After winning she told reporters she would like to expand her work with an organisation in the Philippines that promotes education on HIV and AIDS.

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"I would love to hear her personal experience on the battlefront of being a transgender woman", she said. She added, "Show's over, but the doctors came to the rescue!"

"We represent something - that has to be what we're there for. She is that voice for the transgender community". Others might get the crown & other prizes, but Miss Spain, she gets the sky.

But backstage there was drama when co-host Ashley Graham took a tumble and cut her leg, and needed medical attention.

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