(CTN News) – The Miss Universe 2023 pageant held on Saturday at the Adolfo Pineda National Gymnasium in El Salvador did not disappoint, with some 80-plus contestants from all around the world competing in the final ceremony of the beauty contest’s 72nd edition, which was held for the first time. In the end, Miss Nicaragua, Sheynnis Palacios, won the entire pageant.
The top three favorites to win Miss Universe 2023 were Puerto Rico’s Karla Guilfu Acevedo, Brazil’s Maria Brechane, and Cambodia’s Sotima John, in that order.
A Venezuelan woman, Diana Silva, who was born in Venezuela to a Venezuelan mother, came in sixth in terms of odds for the win.
The top contestants who made it to the final round of the Q&A were Miss Thailand, Miss Nicaragua, and Miss Australia.
It was this edition of the gala that was hosted by Jacqueline Bracamontes, Mexico’s representative at the turn of the century in the beauty pageant.
What you need to know about the Miss Universe 2023 winner
The winner of the Miss Nicaragua contest was both the representative from Australia as well as the representative from Thailand, who made excellent final speeches as well.
This is the first time in Nicaraguan history that a Miss Universe winner has emerged, and it has been quite a journey for 23-year-old Palacios, born on November 24, 1995, in Chinandega.
He is a communication major with a keen interest in social justice causes and a passion for volleyball.
As a result of her intelligence and charisma, she was able to win Miss Universe 2023 with ease. There will be no next edition of the world’s most popular beauty pageant until Palacios has worn the crown for a year.
Honorable mention for Miss Universe 2023
It was in this edition of the beauty contest that two transgender women were present, the representatives from Portugal and the Netherlands.
As part of the event, two married contestants with children participated, as the rules have been modified to allow people with children to compete. These pregnant women who are divorced, or divorced individuals can participate.
It is important to note that Noelia Voigt, Miss USA, did not make the top 10, which means that the United States will be unable to repeat as the contest’s winner in the near future.
In addition, plus-size model Jane Dipika Garrett fueled the controversy surrounding Miss Universe’s new look amid its new ownership due to her presence at the Miss Universe 2023 contest.