Miss Universe 2023: Sheynnis Palacios Takes the Crown

The glittering event of Miss Universe 2023 unfolded on November 18 at the José Adolfo Pineda Arena in San Salvador, El Salvador, with 84 global contenders vying for the prestigious title. The culmination of this three-hour extravaganza saw the 23-year-old beauty from Nicaragua, Sheynnis Palacios, emerge victorious, making history as the first Nicaraguan woman to be crowned Miss Universe.

Miss Universe 2023: Sheynnis Palacios Takes the Crown
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The Journey to Triumph

Sheynnis Palacios, a model and community developer, displayed grace and charisma throughout the competition. A familiar face in pageantry, she had previously held the title of Miss World Nicaragua 2020. Hailing from Managua, Nicaragua, she balanced her studies in mass communication at the Universidad Centroamericana with a passion for varsity volleyball.

A Leader’s Qualities

During the Top 5 round, Sheynnis was asked about the qualities guiding her as a leader and role model. Her response resonated with humility, appreciating the essence of being human and cherishing the little things. It was this authenticity that propelled her into the Top 3.

Stepping into Another’s Shoes

In the Top 3, Sheynnis faced a thought-provoking question: “If you could live one year in another woman’s shoes, who would you choose and why?” Her winning response focused on Mary Watson-Brad, a historical figure who paved the way for women. She emphasized the need to break barriers and eliminate limitations for women, echoing the spirit of progress from 1750 to the transformative year 2023.

Runner-Ups and Remarkable Moments

While Sheynnis Palacios claimed the crown, Miss Thailand Anntonia Porsild secured the first runner-up position, and Miss Australia Moraya Wilson took the second runner-up spot. The diversity of contestants showcased the global nature of the pageant, with participants like Miss Netherlands and Miss Portugal making history as the second transgender women to compete.

  1. First Runner-Up: Anntonia Porsild, 27, from Thailand
  2. Second Runner-Up: Moraya Wilson, 22, from Australia

Notable Moments and Contestant Highlights

  • Miss Congeniality: Athenea Pérez of Spain received the Miss Congeniality award, becoming the first woman of color to represent her country in the pageant.
  • Transgender Contestants: Rikkie Kollé of the Netherlands and Marina Machete of Portugal made history as the second transgender women to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.
  • Plus-Size Delegate: Jane Dipika Garrett of Nepal broke barriers as the first plus-size delegate in the competition.
  • Married Women and/or Mothers: Camila Avella of Colombia, Michelle Cohn of Guatemala, Lorena Santen of Switzerland.
  • Withdrawn Contestant: Miss Universe China 2023 Jia Qi withdrew due to visa issues, possibly competing in the 2024 pageant.

Top 5, Top 10, and Top 20 Finalists

Top 5:

  1. Australia: Moraya Wilson, 22
  2. Colombia: Camila Avella, 28
  3. Nicaragua: Sheynnis Palacios, 23
  4. Puerto Rico: Karla Guilfú, 25
  5. Thailand: Anntonia Porsild, 27

Top 10:

  1. Australia, Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, Thailand, Venezuela

Top 20:

  • Australia, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, India, Jamaica, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, United States, Venezuela

Fun Facts About the Event

  • Hosts: Jeannie Mai and Olivia Culpo hosted the event, with backstage correspondents Catriona Gray and Zuri Hall.
  • Performers: John Legend graced the stage with a mesmerizing performance.
  • Historical Mishap: A notable mention of Steve Harvey mistakenly announcing the wrong Miss Universe winner in 2015.

Miss Universe 2023: A Night to Remember

As the curtains closed on the 72nd Miss Universe, the spotlight shone on Sheynnis Palacios and her inspiring journey. The pageant not only celebrated beauty but also the strength, diversity, and accomplishments of women worldwide. Miss Universe 2023 truly made history and set the stage for a new era of inclusivity and empowerment.

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