Miss Universe 2023 Pageant crowns Miss Nicaragua

The 72nd Miss Universe Pageant concluded Miss Nicaragua as the Miss Universe 2023 at Gimnasio Nacional José Adolfo Pineda on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, (Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, PH time) in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Sheynnis Palacios, 5.11 feet, is a 23-year-old Nicaraguan model. She made history for her country to bring home the first Miss Universe crown. Previously, Sheynnis won Miss World Nicaragua in 2020 and finished in the top 40.

The 72nd Miss Universe Pageant is held in San Salvador, El Salvador with 84 Miss Universe delegates. This is the first time the pageant accepted married women and mothers to compete as part of its “inclusive change” campaign. Furthermore, Pakistan made its debut in this 72nd Miss Universe Pageant.

Miss Universe 2023 Pageant crowns Miss Nicaragua
Miss Nicaragua during the preliminary evening gown competition in the 72nd Miss Universe Pageant in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Nov. 15, 2023.

Meanwhile, Miss China, Qi Jia, lost the opportunity to join the pageant reportedly due to problems in processing her visa but will join in next year’s pageant competition to be held in Mexico.

Moreover, other countries’ organizations that send their representatives to the pageant cut ties with the Miss Universe organization. Vietnam, on February 19, 2023, reportedly joined organizations from Ghana, Belize, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Indonesia to cut ties with Miss Universe. However, the new Miss Universe Indonesia franchise was able to send its delegate to join this year’s pageant.

Also, the 72nd Miss Universe Pageant had seen countries that returned to join the pageant: Denmark, Egypt, Guyana, Hungary, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mongolia, Norway, and Zimbabwe.

Miss Universe 2023 Top 20

After its preliminary competition on Nov. 15, 2023, showcasing the national costume competition, the swimsuit, and the evening gown rounds, the pageant unveiled its Miss Universe top 20 semi-finalists during the finals.

  1. Miss Nicaragua: Sheynnis Alondra Palacios Cornejo
  2. Miss Spain: Athenea Paulinha Pérez Nsué
  3. Miss Puerto Rico: Karla Inelisse Guilfú Acevedo
  4. Miss Namibia: Jameela Uiras Smith
  5. Miss Venezuela: Diana Carolina Silva Francisco
  6. Miss India: Shweta Sharda
  7. Miss Thailand: Anntonia Porsild
  8. Miss Chile: Celeste Viel Caballero
  9. Miss Jamaica: Jordanne Lauren Levy
  10. Miss USA: Noelia Victoria Voigt Briceño
  11. Miss Nepal: Jane Dipika Elizabeth Bohara Garrett
  12. Miss Peru: Camila Namie Escribens
  13. Miss Cameroon: Issie Marie Princesse Ndoun
  14. Miss Colombia: María Camila Avella Montañez
  15. Miss Pakistan: Erica Robin
  16. Miss Australia: Moraya Wilson
  17. Miss Philippines: Michelle Daniela Marquez Dee
  18. Miss Portugal: Marina Machete Reis
  19. Miss South Africa: Bryoni Natalie Govender
  20. Miss El Salvador: Isabella García-Manzo Gutiérrez

Miss Universe 2023 Top 10

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Thailand
  3. Peru
  4. Colombia
  5. Nicaragua
  6. Philippines
  7. El Salvador
  8. Venezuela
  9. Australia
  10. Spain

Miss Universe 2023 Top 5 Finalists

  1. Australia
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Nicaragua
  4. Thailand
  5. Colombia

Miss Universe 2023 Top 3 Finalists

  1. Miss Thailand — 1st Runner-Up
  2. Miss Australia — 2nd Runner-Up
  3. Miss Nicaragua — Miss Universe 2023 winner

Special Awards Winners

  1. Miss Congeniality — Miss Spain: Athenea Pérez
  2. Spirit of Carnival Award — Miss Philippines: Michelle Marquez Dee

Voice for Change Winners of the 72nd Miss Universe Pageant

  1. Gold Winners: Miss Angola: Ana Coimbra; Miss Philippines: Michelle Marquez Dee; and Miss Puerto Rico: Karla Guilfú
  2. Silver Finalists: Miss Brazil: Maria Brechane; Miss Chile: Celeste Viel; Miss Lebanon: Maya Aboul Hosn; Miss Singapore: Priyanka Annuncia; Miss South Africa: Bryoni Govender; Miss Ukraine: Angelina Usanova; and Miss Zimbabwe: Brooke Bruk-Jackson
Miss Nicaragua won the Miss Universe 2023 held in El Salvador on Nov. 18, 2023.
Miss Nicaragua won the Miss Universe 2023 held in El Salvador on Nov. 18, 2023. (Credit: Miss Universe official website)

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