The Miss Universe 2023 pageant held on Saturday at the Adolfo Pineda National Gymnasium in El Salvador did not disappoint, with the 80-plus contestants from around the globe competing in the final ceremony of the beauty contest’s 72nd edition. Sheynnis Palacios, Miss Nicaragua, won the whole thing.
The top-3 favorites to win Miss Universe 2023 were Puerto Ricos’ Karla Guilfu Acevedo, Brazil’s Maria Brechane and Cambodia’s Sotima John, in that order.
Venezuela’s Diana Silva, who has the Venezuelan nationality thanks to her mother, landed sixth on the odds to win.
The top-3 contestants that actually made it to the final Q&A were Miss Thailand, Miss Nicaragua and Miss Australia.
Jacqueline Bracamontes, Mexico’s representation in the beauty pageant at the turn of the century, hosted this edition of the gala.
Miss Universe 2023 winner: all you need to know
Miss Nicaragua beat both the representatives from Australia and Thailand, who also delivered great final speeches, and finished in that order.
This is the first time Nicaragua has a Miss Universe winner and it was a long road for the 23-year-old Palacios, who was born on November 24, 1995 in Chinandega.
Palacios is a communications major who has a passion for social justice causes and loves volleyball.
Her intelligence and charisma were key contributors to becoming Miss Universe 2023. Palacios will wear the crown for a year until the next edition of the world’s most popular beauty pageant.
Miss Universe 2023 honorable mentions
There were two transgender women, the representatives of Portugal and the Netherlands, in this edition of the beauty contest.
Among other novelties were two married contestants with children, who took advantage of the modifications to the rules that allow married, pregnant, divorced or with children people to participate.
Noelia Voigt, Miss USA, did not make the cut into the top-10, meaning the United States was not be able to repeat as the contest’s winner.
There was also the representation of Nepal by plus-size model Jane Dipika Garrett, whose presence fueled the controversy surrounding Miss Universe’s fresh look amid new ownership.
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