NBC’s The Voice made history this week by introducing the series’ first transgender contestant, Angel Bonilla.
After wowing the judges with her performance of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down,” Bonilla explained that she was from the Philippines where she was born as “Carlos.”
“As early as 5 years old, I already knew that I am a girl trapped in a boy’s body,” Bonilla says. “Growing up in a very conservative family, it was very difficult for my father. When my dad saw me as a girl for the first time, he was puzzled. He’s not sure if I am his son, but he embraced me. I promised him that I will do great things. I wanted my father to be proud of me, and I’m doing this to honor him.”
Bonilla was thrilled to accept Adam Levine as her mentor. Looking forward to the next round on The Voice.
Watch Angel’s intro package below.