In a historic moment at the Miss Universe 2023 pageant held today in San Salvador, El Salvador, Sheynnis Palacios of Nicaragua was crowned as the winner, making her the first-ever Nicaraguan woman to achieve this prestigious title. The event witnessed intense competition among 84 contestants from around the world, with the crown ultimately passing from the outgoing queen, R’bonney Nola Gabriel from the USA, to the deserving Sheynnis Palacios. Notably, Sheynnis Palacios had previously represented Nicaragua at Miss World 2021, where she achieved a commendable position in the Top 40.
The glamorous show, hosted by Jeannie Mai, Maria Menounos, and Olivia Culpo, featured backstage commentary by Catriona Gray and Zuri Hall. Grammy winner John Legend added a touch of musical magic to the Evening Gown round, captivating the audience with his soulful performance. Adding a touch of grace, Miss Spain was honored with the subtitle of Miss Congeniality.
The distinguished panel of judges included prominent figures such as Halima Aden, Mario Bautista, Giselle Blondet, Janelle Commissionc, Nadia Ferreira, Avani Gregg, Carson Kressley, Dr. Connie Mariano, Iris Mittenaere, Sweta Patel, and Denise White.
The final results of the Miss Universe 2023 pageant are as follows:
– Winner: Sheynnis Palacios, Nicaragua
– 1st Runner-Up: Anntonia Porsild, Thailand
– 2nd Runner-Up: Moraya Wilson, Australia
Completing the Top 5 were contestants from Puerto Rico and Colombia.
The Top 10 included representatives from Spain, Venezuela, Peru, the Philippines, and the host country, El Salvador.
The Top 20 finalists comprised delegates from Namibia, India, Chile, Jamaica, the USA, Nepal, Cameroon, Pakistan, Portugal, and South Africa.
Miss Universe 2023 was a spectacular celebration of beauty, talent, and international unity, with Sheynnis Palacios emerging as the shining star of the evening. As the first Nicaraguan Miss Universe, she has not only made her country proud but has also etched her name in the history of this esteemed pageant.