Miss Spain is first openly gay national beauty queen

EFFIE MANN
Last updated 15:25 25/08/2014
Patricia Yurena Rodriguez
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OPENLY GAY: Patricia Yurena Rodriguez, Miss Spain 2013, has become the first openly gay national beauty queen.

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Patricia Yurena Rodriguez is being praised this week for becoming the first openly gay national beauty queen, after she posted an intimate photograph of herself and her girlfriend, singer and DJ Vanesa Cortes, to Instagram on August 20.

Rodriguez, who was crowned Miss Spain in 2008 and 2013, shared the image with her followers alongside the caption "Romeo and Julliet[sic]" and three monkey emojis for good measure.

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The 24-year old model reportedly told La Opinion de Tenerife the she had no regrets about her decision to come out publicly. "I don't regret what I did and I did it because I am happy about what's going on in my life," she explained.

Rodriguez scored second place in last year's Miss Universe competition, which was held in Moscow despite widespread pressure to relocate the competition due to Russia's anti-LGBT laws

Look, we can't get behind a competition that pits women in bikinis against each other, judges them, then pops a tiara on the winning head, but it's nice to know change may be creeping in (even if Miss Universe's co-owner, Donald Trump, still believes marriage should be limited to the union of a man and woman).

- Daily Life

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