Published: Saturday 07 July, 2018

Miriam Quiambao Against Transgenders in Miss Universe: ‘For Real Women’ Only

Former Miss Universe first runner-up Miriam Quiambao stirred up the hornet’s nest with her opinion about transgenders competing in Miss Universe. According to Miriam, transgender women should not be allowed to compete because such pageants are for REAL women only. 

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Is Miriam Quiambao still against transgender contestants in Miss Universe? (Instagram photos: filipinas.pageants2.0/portaldebellezas)

Actually, Miriam Quiambao expressed her opinion about transgender women in Miss Universe several years ago, when the issue first came up. 

Back in 2011, the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) announced they would be changing their rules and start allowing transgenders to compete in 2013. 

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Last week, Angela Ponce won Miss Universe Spain and will be the first transgender woman to compete in Miss Universe later this year.

“In my humble opinion, transgenders should not be allowed to join the MissU because it’s only for REAL women,” Miriam told GMA News in an interview.

“We should all make a stand. Just because it’s popular, it doesn’t mean that it’s right.”

And Miriam didn’t stop there. She even sent a direct message to Donald Trump, who still owned MUO at the time, to express her views.

“@realDonaldTrump in my humble opinion, the decision to include transgenders in the @MissUniverse pageant sends the wrong message,” Quiambao tweeted Trump.

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“This may set a precedent that one day most participants in @MissUniverse are transgenders. #essenceofawoman? #majormistake @realDonaldTrump.”

“I’m not judging gays/transgenders and I love them anyway but @MissUniverse should be for natural born women only,” Miriam added.

We now wonder. After seven years, has Miriam Quiambao changed her stand on the issue?


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