03/05/2018 11:19 EST | Updated 03/05/2018 11:19 EST

Daniela Vega Made Oscars History As The 1st Openly Transgender Presenter

"Thank you so much for this moment."

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Presenter Daniela Vega at the 90th Academy Awards On March 4, 2018.

Chilean actress and singer Daniela Vega made history Sunday night as the first openly transgender person to present at the Academy Awards.

Vega, 28, introduced a musical performance by Sufjan Stevens, whose song "Mystery of Love" from the film "Call Me by Your Name" was nominated for Best Original Song. And that wasn't the only highlight of Vega's Oscars debut. "A Fantastic Woman," in which Vega plays a transgender woman mourning the death of her partner, won Best Foreign Film.

"Thank you so much for this moment," Vega said before introducing Stevens.

"I want to invite you to open your hearts and your feelings to feel the reality. To feel love. Can you feel it?"

Vega also rocked the red carpet in a fuschia chiffon gown by Maria Lucia Hohan, which Bustle described as "just the pop of colour the red carpet needed." The bright gown had a halter neck top, cinched waist, and a ruffled skirt.

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Daniela Vega attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018.

In an interview with W Magazine just before the awards show, as her style team worked on her hair and makeup, Vega said she felt "ready."

"I feel very honoured to be part of this beautiful moment in history. I feel so, so happy," she said.

"It's something very special, something important, because when you unlock the door, the idea is that the door stays open."

Vega has experienced discrimination in Chile

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(L-R) Producer Juan de Dios Larrain, producer Francisco Reyes Morande, actress Daniela Vega, director Sebastian Lelio, and producer Pablo Larrain attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018.

Vega plays title character Marina in writer-director Sebastián Lelio's "A Fantastic Woman." In the film, set in Santiago, Marina grapples to put her life back together after her older boyfriend dies suddenly in a country with very little support for trans people.

Chile is an extremely socially conservative country that only legalized divorce 14 years ago, according to the Associated Press. But the country has made some recent strides, adopting a law to bar discrimination and hate crimes in 2012, and another to recognize same-sex unions in 2015, the Associated Press reports.

In January, a bill that would allow transgender Chileans to legally change their name or gender without surgery or a court order passed through congress, but still has to go before the Senate, according to LGBT news source Washington Blade.

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Daniela Vega attends the Telluride Film Festival 2017 on Sept. 1, 2017 in Telluride, Colorado.

Vega said she's encountered her share of discrimination in Chile.

"There is a lot of discrimination from the government in my country because there are no laws that allow us to do a normal transition, and to do it safely. There's no public policy that supports the rights of trans people," Vega told the L.A. Times in November 2017.

"There was a lot of psychological violence in my life as well when I was looking for jobs. That is also part of the violence executed by the government on trans people because we should feel safe going out to look for a job."

Fans commended the actress

On Twitter, fans of Vega commended the actress — who has said she is the only transgender actress in all of Chile — for her achievements.

Vega told the L.A. Times she hopes more transgender actors will "take their own path."

"I would like more trans people to take their own path. And those of us that have been paving the way for others and opening doors, we need to continue to keep those doors open for the next generation," she said.

"But a question is, why is it just now that trans individuals are starting to run next to people who have always had those opportunities to play the main roles. Why is that just happening?"