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Miss Universe 2023: Miss Nicaragua’s Stunning Victory and the Highlights of the Pageant

Sheynnis Palacios: Miss Universe 2023 Winner

Sheynnis Palacios of Nicaragua was crowned Miss Universe 2023 at the capital of El Salvador, San Salvador, on the culmination of the annual competition held on Saturday night. Thailand’s Antonia Porsild secured the first runner-up position.

Contestants from the winners of national competitions of 84 countries participated in this year’s Miss Universe, with the decision made by a panel including model Haleema Aden, “Queer Eye” star Carson Kressley, TikTok influencer Avani Gregg, and two former Miss Universe winners, Trinidad and Tobago’s Janelle Commissiong (Miss Universe 1977) and France’s Iris Mittenaere (Miss Universe 2016).

Miss Universe 2023: Top 20, Curve Controversy, Final Three

After the results of the preliminary competition (and global fan votes), the announcement of the top 20 semi finalists was made at the beginning of the Saturday night’s event. Following the swimsuit round, the field was narrowed down to 10 — the first “curve” contestant to secure a spot in the semifinal, Miss Nepal, chose to wear a bikini as her swimsuit, along with the first-ever “curve” contestant selected in a swimsuit, representing the conclusion of Miss Pakistan. The evening gown round once again halved the number of competing contestants.

Miss Universe 2023 contestants are in El Salvador
Miss Universe 2023 contestants are in El Salvador

The hotly debated question and answer rounds left only three women in contention: Palacios, Porsild, and the second runner-up from Australia, Moraya Wilson.

Palacios: Miss Universe 2023, Inspiring Victory

When asked in the final round about whose life they would choose to spend a day in, Palacios chose Mary Wollstonecraft, an 18th-century British philosopher and women’s rights advocate, stating that she had broken boundaries and “given many women opportunities.”

“Today, there are no restrictions for women,” she further added through a translator.

Miss Colombia, Camila Avila, and Miss Puerto Rico, Carla Guilfo, secured a place in the top 5, while another member of the top 10, Spain’s Athena Peralta, was crowned Miss Congeniality of the competition.

Palacios took over the Miss Universe 2023 title from Bonney Gabriel of the USA in 2022.


  • Who was the runner-up in Miss Universe 2023?

The first runner-up was Miss Thailand, Antonia Porsild, 27, and the second runner-up was Miss Australia, Moraya Wilson, 22.

  • When is Miss Universe 2023 happening?

The 72nd Miss Universe competition is taking place on Saturday, November 18.

  • Where is Miss Universe 2023 happening?

Miss Universe 2023 is being held at the Huzay Adolfo Pineda Arena in the city of San Salvador, El Salvador.

  • How can you watch Miss Universe 2023?

Miss Universe 2023 will be broadcasted on the Roku Channel at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The channel is available for access on, Roku TVs, Roku Streaming Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, Amazon Fire TVs, and Samsung TVs.

  • Who are the hosts of Miss Universe 2023?

Miss Universe 2023 will be co-hosted by Jeannie Mai and Olivia Culpo Maria Menounos, Miss Universe 2012, for the second consecutive time.

  • Who are the backstage hosts for Miss Universe 2023?

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Zuri Hall will also work as backstage correspondents for the second time.

  • Who are the performers for Miss Universe?

John Legend will be performing at this year’s competition.

  • Which transgender contestants are participating in Miss Universe this year?

After Spain’s Angela Ponce in 2018, Netherlands’ Riki Colle and Portugal’s Marina Mota are the second pair of transgender women participating in this competition.

  • Which married and/or mothers are participating in Miss Universe this year?

Colombia’s Kimela Avila, Guatemala’s Mishell Cohen, and Switzerland’s Lorena Sinten are the married and/or mothers competing in this year’s Miss Universe 2023.

  • Who is the first plus-size delegate in Miss Universe this year?

Nepal’s Jain Dpika Giri is the first plus-size delegate participating in this competition.


Sheynnis Palacios of Nicaragua shines as Miss Universe 2023, standing out among 84 contestants. Her eloquent choice to embrace Mary Wollstonecraft’s legacy echoes empowerment. With historic moments in the swimsuit round and compelling Q&A, Palacios, along with runner-ups Antonia Porsild and Moraya Wilson, leaves an indelible mark. The event’s conclusion signals not just a crowning moment but a celebration of breaking boundaries and empowering women globally.

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