In a dazzling spectacle held in El Salvador, the 72nd edition of the Miss Universe pageant crowned Nicaragua’s Sheynnis Palacios as the winner on Saturday. At 23 years old, Palacios stood out among 84 contestants, marking the first time a representative from Nicaragua has claimed the prestigious title. The momentous event took place at the Adolfo Pineda National Gymnasium, where participants showcased their grace and poise in various competitions, including swimsuits, evening gowns, and traditional dress segments.
Palacios, radiating humility and gratitude for life’s small joys, received the coveted crown and sash from her predecessor, R’Bonney Gabriel of the United States. Thailand’s Antonia Porsild and Australia’s Moraya Wilson secured their places in the top three, contributing to the global celebration of beauty, diversity, and empowerment.
In her final answer to the jury, Palacios seized the opportunity to advocate for gender equality, emphasizing the need for equal pay to empower women in all professional spheres. Her eloquent statement resonated with the theme of breaking barriers and fostering inclusivity, a sentiment that aligns with the evolving narrative of the Miss Universe pageant.
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The week-long event showcased not only the contestants’ outer beauty but also their intelligence, charisma, and commitment to social causes. Each participant graced the stage of the newly renovated Adolfo Pineda National Gymnasium, captivating the audience and leaving an indelible mark on the history of the Miss Universe pageant.
The gala, attended by El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele, was a testament to the global appeal of the competition and its ability to unite nations in celebration. The announcement that the next edition will be hosted in Mexico adds anticipation and excitement to the ongoing legacy of Miss Universe.