MISS Spain has become the first openly gay national beauty queen.
Patricia Yurena came out by posting a photo of her and her girlfriend – Vanesa Cortes, a singer and DJ – on Instagram with the caption ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
The two-time winner of Spain’s most prestigious beauty award has received widespread support on social media after coming out in public.
On the same day Miss Spain announced her sexuality, openly gay Boston-born Maria Walsh won Ireland’s international beauty contest The Rose of Tralee.
Two openly gay beauty queens also competed for the Miss California USA in 2012, but both lost out on the title.
In the same year Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Organisation announced it would allow transgender women to compete.