Miss Spain Angela Ponce, center, the first transgender woman to take part in the Miss Universe contest, with Miss Universe 2018 contestants visits the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Dec. 11, 2018. She said that this year's Miss Universe would be a victory for human rights.
"The tribute to miss spain was so lovely", wrote one user.
Though she didn't make it to the top 20, the competition honored her with a special segment during Sunday's live show. "If I can give that to the world, I don't need to win Miss Universe, I only need to be here", she said.
Gray - a student of music theory - beat more than 90 contestants from around the globe in the 67th instalment of Miss Universe, which was held in the Thai capital's Impact Arena. However, despite her participation Miss World organization didn't accept transgender participation.
"She didn't just wake up one day and was like, 'I feel like being a woman!' She feels it in herself". "If she can further educate people about what are the needs of the transgender community to get us to be more compassionate towards them..."
"I'm competing because it's what I've wanted to do since I was a little girl", Ponce told Time before the pageant on Sunday.