In a groundbreaking moment, Nicaragua’s Sheynnis Palacios has etched her name in history by winning the Miss Universe 2023 title in El Salvador last November 19. This victory not only marks a personal triumph for Palacios but also signifies a broader shift in the landscape of beauty pageants.
Sheynnis Palacios, a 23-year-old model and community developer, has become the first delegate from Nicaragua to clinch the prestigious Miss Universe crown. Her journey began in 2016 when she won Miss Teen Nicaragua and has now culminated in this historic achievement.
Before Sheynnis Palacios was crowned Miss Universe, the top three candidates included Anntonia Porsild from Thailand as 1st Runner-Up and Moraya Wilson from Australia as 2nd Runner-Up.
Diversity and Inclusion at Miss Universe 2023
The Miss Universe 2023 pageant showcased a remarkable embrace of diversity and inclusion. This year featured two transgender contestants, Rikkie Kollé and Marina Machete, alongside mothers, married women, and divorcees competing for the first time, breaking the pageant’s traditional norms.
Sheynnis’ Advocacy and Response
Palacios, who advocates for mental health awareness, impressed the judges with her advocacy initiative, ‘Understand Your Mind.’ Her response during the Q&A segment reflected her commitment to women’s empowerment. Citing historical figure Mary Wollstonecraft and emphasizing the ongoing journey for gender equality. Her winning answer highlighted the importance of closing the income gap for women. Echoing the progress made since 1750 and celebrating the historic moment in 2023.
The Miss Universe 2023 competition witnessed representatives from 84 countries, reflecting a truly global event. The judging panel included notable figures like Halima Aden and Carson Kressley. Evaluated contestants based on various criteria, contributing to the international essence of the pageant.
Changing Pageant Dynamics
With the recent rule change allowing married women and mothers to participate, Miss Universe has embraced a more inclusive approach. This shift, aligned with the organization’s commitment to breaking stereotypes, marks a progressive step forward in redefining beauty standards.
Sheynnis Palacios’ triumph as Miss Universe 2023 not only brings pride to Nicaragua. But also signifies a broader evolution in beauty pageants. The inclusivity, diversity, and breaking of traditional norms underscore a positive shift towards embracing a more representative and empowering vision of beauty on the global stage.
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