New Delhi: Miss Nicaragua emerged victorious as the winner of Miss Universe 2023, marking the 72nd edition of the prestigious pageant. The intense competition, featuring contestants from 90 nations, witnessed Anntonia Porsild of Thailand as the runner-up, and Moraya Wilson of Australia securing the third position. R'Bonney Gabriel of the USA, the reigning Miss Universe 2022, graciously handed over her crown live on stage to a cheering audience.
The final question posed to the Miss Universe 2023 contestants was, “If you could live one year in another woman’s shoes, who would you choose and why?” Miss Nicaragua chose Mary Wollstonecraft, a pioneer of feminism and advocate for women's rights.
A total of 84 women from around the globe graced the Miss Universe stage, and this year's pageant focused on themes of growth and inclusivity. Two married mothers, Maria Camila Avella Montañez from Colombia and Michelle Cohn from Guatemala, were the first contestants to compete. Making history as the first plus-sized model in the competition, Miss Nepal Jane Dipika Garett garnered attention.
Representing India, Shweta Sharda secured a place in the top 20 in the highly competitive contest. Erica Robin from Pakistan made her debut on the international stage.
The 72nd Miss Universe event took place at the José Adolfo Pineda Arena in El Salvador. John Legend, a 12-time Grammy winner, graced the stage with a performance for the global audience. The event was presented by Maria Menounos, along with Jeannie Mai and Olivia Culpo, the former Miss Universe.
The Miss Universe 2023 pageant was broadcasted live on Saturday, November 18, at 6:30 AM Indian Standard Time and 8 PM Eastern Time/5 PM Pacific Time, on Miss Universe's YouTube channel and its X account.