Former Miss Spain uses Instagram photo to come out as gay
The two-time former Miss Spain – Patricia Yurena Rodriguez – has come out as a lesbian via Instagram by posting a photo of herself in bed with her girlfriend.
The 24-year-old took home the country's crown in 2008 and 2013 and was a Miss Universe runner up last year.
The post of her and girlfriend Vanesa Cortes - a house DJ and singer, was captioned Romeo and Juliet.
Rodriguez is now the first national beauty queen to have come out. She defended her decision to post the photo explaining to newspaper La Opinion de Tenerife:
"I do not regret what I did because I'm thrilled with what is happening to me."
The couple met via friends before the 2013 Miss Universe pageant and began dating a few months ago.
Rodriguez followed up the post with another selfie of her and Cortes and thanked friends and fans for their support saying:
"I published the picture completely spontaneously and in an impulsive manner. Thank you for all your support and most importantly that you are happy with my happiness."