On Saturday, Nicaragua’s Sheynnis Palacios was crowned Miss Universe 2023 at the 72nd edition of the pageant in El Salvador. The 23-year-old received the crown and sash from her predecessor, R’Bonney Gabriel of the United States. This marks the first-ever win for a Nicaraguan contestant, with Thailand’s Anntonia Porsild and Australia’s Moraya Wilson securing the second and third positions.
Palacios, who values humility and gratitude, triumphed over 84 contestants in a week of diverse competitions, including swimsuit, evening gown, and traditional dress segments. During her final answer to the jury, she underscored the significance of gender-neutral pay, advocating for women to have equal opportunities in any field, stating, “There is no limit for women.”
The event took place at the recently renovated Adolfo Pineda National Gymnasium in San Salvador, where each participant showcased their talents on stage. In a groundbreaking moment, Pakistan debuted in Miss Universe with Erica Robin, marking a stride towards global inclusivity. Additionally, Maria Camila Avella Montañez from Colombia and Michelle Cohn from Guatemala made history as the first married contestants and mothers in Miss Universe.
El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele attended the gala, and it was announced that the next edition of the pageant will be hosted in Mexico.