Meet International Mister Spain’s First Openly Gay Winner

International Mister Spain 2016 winner Daniel Rodriguez has publicly come out as gay, making the 23-year-old model the first openly gay man to hold the Mister Spain title, according to ABC news.

Rodriguez beat out 47 other contestants and will move on to represent Spain at the Mister International pageant in Toronto this fall.

In an exclusive interview with ABC, he told the news outlet that he never considered coming out during the competition because he didn’t think it was necessary. I did not see it as a reason why I could not claim the title,” he said.

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He also revealed that he’s been out to family and friends for most of his life and that he’s “never” had a negative encounter relating to his sexuality.

When asked if he thought coming out would affect his professional relationships, Rodriguez said, “I hope not. I made very good friends with some colleagues and I wish that nothing changes from now.”