Discover the captivating journey of Sheynnis Palacios, crowned the 2023 Miss Universe, and the memorable moments that unfolded on stage. Dive into the thrill of this year’s competition, the top contenders, and a tribute to empowerment in the world of beauty pageants.
Sheynnis Palacios, a beacon of grace from Nicaragua, claimed the coveted title of 2023’s Miss Universe in a dazzling display of talent and poise at the annual beauty pageant held in the heart of El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador. Alongside her, Anntonia Porsild from Thailand graced the event as the first runner-up.
Representatives from 84 nations vied for the title, impressing a panel of judges that included luminaries like model Halima Aden, the charismatic Carson Kressley from “Queer Eye,” TikTok sensation Avani Gregg, and the esteemed former Miss Universe winners Janelle Commissiong of Trinidad & Tobago (Miss Universe 1977) and Iris Mittenaere of France (Miss Universe 2016).
The evening commenced with the announcement of twenty semi-finalists, chosen after the preliminary competition’s results and a worldwide fan vote. Following the swimsuit round, the field narrowed down to 10, bidding farewell to Miss Nepal, the first “curvy” contestant to reach the semi-finals, and Miss Pakistan, who bravely chose a burkini as her swimsuit attire. The evening gown round halved the number of contenders once more.
Subsequent rounds of thought-provoking Q&A sessions left three exceptional women in contention: Palacios, Porsild, and the second runner-up, Moraya Wilson from Australia.
Miss Universe 2023 Winner Sheynnis Palacios
When posed with the final question about whom she’d spend a day emulating, Palacios eloquently chose the 18th-century British philosopher and feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft, lauding her for breaking barriers and paving the way for countless women. “There are no limitations for women today,” she asserted through a translator.
The top five also featured Miss Colombia, Camila Avella, and Miss Puerto Rico, Karla Guilfú, while Spain’s Athenea Pérez, a member of the top 10, received the accolade of Miss Congeniality.
Sheynnis Palacios now assumes the crown from the 2022 Miss Universe, R’Bonney Gabriel of the USA, continuing the legacy of beauty, intellect, and empowerment.