Lights, camera, crown! The world turned in with bated breath as the 72nd edition of the illustrious Miss Universe pageant unfolded its splendor in the heart of Central America. San Salvador, El Salvador, shimmered with excitement and anticipation as 84 countries gathered on the striking stage of Gimnasia National José Adolfo Pineda. The night of November 18, 2023, etched its mark in history as the night when beauty, grace and empowerment converged in a dazzling display. In this article, we will explore the major highlights such as the hosts, judges, winner and runner-ups of the event. Stay with us till the end to learn about fascinating things that happened that night!
Hosts of the Evening
The iconic event was hosted by a top-notch lineup of presenters who added their charisma and eloquence to the spectacle. The stage came alive with the dazzling presence of Jeannie Mai, Maria Menounos, Olivia Culp, Catriona Gray and Zuri Hall, whose vibrant energy and remarkable personalities mesmerized the audiences worldwide, ensuring a graceful and unforgettable Miss Universe 2023 experience.
Star-Studded Selection Committee
A panel of well-known personalities graced the event, lending their expertise and discernment to the selection process. From the charismatic American model Halima Aden to the melodious Mexican singer Mario Bautista, each judge brought a unique perspective to the table. The presence of icons such as Janelle Commissiong, the trailblazing Miss Universe 1977 and Iris Mittenaere, the Miss Universe 2016 add a hint of legacy and wisdom to the proceedings.
Selection of Participants
A total of 84 countries and territories sent their representatives to compete in this prestigious pageant. Among these contestants, five were chosen either as runner-ups in their national pageants or through a special screening process. Notably, in a historic move breaking a tradition since 1957, the Miss Universe organization opened its doors to married women and mothers, granting them an opportunity to participate and exhibit their talents, beauty and intelligence on this global stage.
The Miss Universe organization orchestrated an intriguingly revamped format for the 2023 edition, ushering in several key modifications. Twenty semifinalists emerged from the preliminary competition, combining swimsuit and evening gown segments alongside closed-door interviews. Nineteen were selected based on this, whereas the twentieth consent was chosen through online voting. These top 20 competed in swimsuits, which was further narrowed down to 10, followed by an evening gown round reducing them to five finalists. The final three engaged in interview rounds, leading to the announcement of Miss Universe 2023 and two runner-ups.
The spotlight shone brightest on the stunning Sheynnis Palacios as she claimed the coveted title of Miss Universe 2023. Hailing from Managua, Nicaragua, this 23-year-old model’s eloquence, charm and determination captured the hearts of not just the esteemed judges but also the global audience. With an aura of grace, Sheynnis became the epitome of beauty with a purpose, showcasing why she was truly deserving of the prestigious crown.
What She Wore?
Sheynnis appeared jaw-droppingly appealing in an off-shoulder gown. This figure-hugging attire was prettified with striking beads & crystals. She completed her look with a bright blue shawl and a striking pair of diamond earrings. The design of the dress was inspired by Nicaragua’s flag which reflected the nation’s colors of blue and white stripes.
The Stellar Lineup of Runner-Ups
Standing shoulder to shoulder with Sheynnis were the remarkably talented Annotonia Porsild from Thailand and Moraya Wilson from Australia. Annotonia, wearing a floor-length gown with silver crystals covering the fabric, claimed the position of 1st runner-up, whereas Moraya, who styled a floral national costume, secured the 2nd runner-up position. Their presence on the stage illuminated the diversity and excellence present in the world of beauty and intelligence.
Closing Thoughts: A Legacy Continues
As the curtains drew on the Miss Universe 2023 pageant, it marked not just the crowning of a new queen but also the continuation of a legacy. Sheynnis Palacios alongside Anntonia Porsild and Moraya Wilson started a new journey to motivate, lead and make a difference in the world. Their grace, wisdom and commitment to making an impact beyond the runway persist to resonate with aspiring individuals worldwide.
The 72nd Miss Universe pageant was a testament to the spirit of beauty surpassing physical attributes, championing empowerment and embracing diversity. The striking evening in San Salvador will forever whisper the power of grace and purpose that illustrates the essence of Miss Universe.