February 20, 2018


Daniela Vega as the Oscars' First Openly Transgender Presenter Is a Win for the LGBTQ and Latinx Communities

Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI
Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI

Daniela Vega is already on her way to cementing her place in Hollywood with her acclaimed performance in A Fantastic Woman, but the Chilean-born actress will also make history as the first openly transgender performer to present at the Academy Awards.

The 28-year-old's presentation not only marks a major moment of visibility for transgender people, but also for the Latinx community that is becoming increasingly vocal about its lack of representation in the film industry despite making up nearly a quarter of all moviegoers. Vega getting the spotlight at such a huge ceremony like the Academy Awards marks major wins for both groups and shows the Academy listening to those calling on it to diversify those it honors and showcases.

A Fantastic Woman sees Vega playing an opera singer grieving over the death of her lover while being rejected by his family. While Vega didn't score a nomination for her role—though she was reportedly in contention to become the first transgender actress nominated for an Oscar—A Fantastic Woman is up for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming 90th Academy Awards.

Vega joins a list of awesomely diverse presenters that currently includes Chadwick Boseman, Tiffany Haddish, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Greta Gerwig, Mahershala Ali, Laura Dern and Tom Holland. Her category has not been announced.