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Former Miss Spain is first openly gay beauty queen

Miss Spain, Patricia Yurena Rodriguez, is the first openly gay beauty pagent contestant (Victor Boyko, 2013 Getty Images)
Miss Spain, Patricia Yurena Rodriguez, is the first openly gay beauty pagent contestant (Victor Boyko, 2013 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/25 3:49 pm

Former Miss Spain Patricia Yurena Rodriguez has made pageant history by becoming the first openly gay professional beauty queen.

The 24-year-old, who was crowned Miss Spain in 2008 and 2013, revealed that she is a lesbian to fans last week by sharing a photo of herself in bed with her girlfriend, Vanesa Cortes, and captioning the shot, "Romeo and Julliet (sic)".

The image has garnered more than 7,200 "likes" online.

She has since defended her decision to address her sexuality in public, telling Spanish newspaper La Opinion de Tenerife, "I do not regret what I did because I'm thrilled with what is happening to me."

She has also reached out to her Instagram followers to express her gratitude for their support, simply writing a message which translates to, "Thanks to all for your comments."

The news emerges a year after Rodriguez landed the runner-up prize at the Miss Universe competition in Moscow, where government officials have come under fire for their controversial anti-gay legislation.

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