Sheynnis Palacios of Nicaragua Wins Miss Universe 2023

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Sheynnis Palacios Secures Nicaragua’s First Miss Universe Crown

Sheynnis Palacios of Nicaragua emerged victorious in the Miss Universe 2023 competition, securing her country’s first-ever crown. This historic win occurred at the 72nd Miss Universe pageant held in El Salvador, where she succeeded Filipino-American R’Bonney Gabriel as the reigning titleholder.

Sheynnis boasts a versatile background as a trilingual model, television host, and community developer. Her previous pageant achievements include a Top 10 finish in Teen Universe 2017 and a Top 40 placement in Miss World 2021.

Before Sheynnis’ momentous victory, Nicaragua had only managed to secure placement at Miss Universe on four occasions since their initial participation in 1955.

Throughout the lead-up to the 72nd Miss Universe, Sheynnis consistently stood out as a frontrunner, earning high rankings from pageant experts and delivering impressive performances in both the preliminary competition and the National Costume segment.

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Sheynnis’ winning response to the final question, “If you could live one year in another woman’s shoes, who would you choose and why?” She admired British author, philosopher, and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft.

In her response, delivered in Spanish, Sheynnis emphasized Wollstonecraft’s groundbreaking role in opening opportunities for women, envisioning a future where gender equality prevails in every sphere of work, breaking down any limitations.

Following her win, Anntonia Porsild from Thailand was named the first runner-up and would assume the role of Miss Universe if Sheynnis could not fulfill her duties. Anntonia, a half-Danish model, had previously secured the title of Miss Supranational 2019, becoming the first Thai winner of the pageant.

The second runner-up position was awarded to Moraya Wilson from Australia. Completing the Top 5 were Puerto Rico’s Karla Guilfú and Colombia’s Camila Avella, with Camila making history as the first mother to reach this stage of the competition.

Watch the Video Announcement of Sheynnis Palacios

Sheynnis Palacios during the announcement of the winner

Meanwhile, Michelle Dee of the Philippines secured a spot in the Top 10, showcasing her strong evening gown performance. She donned two striking gowns designed by Mark Bumgarner, one inspired by a snakelike pattern and another paying homage to legendary tattoo artist Whang-od.

Michelle Dee’s entry to the Top 10 of the world-renowned beauty pageant marked the Philippines’ return to the Miss Universe semifinals after a 12-year streak of success, which included two title wins by Pia Wurtzbach in 2015 and Catriona Gray in 2018. Catriona also returned as a backstage correspondent for the Miss Universe pageant for the second consecutive year.

Notably, this edition of Miss Universe was the first to be hosted in Central America since Panama in 2003 and the first time in El Salvador since 1975. The Miss Universe 2023 is also considered one of the most controversial for the inclusion of transgender people and a plus-size contestant.

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