Miss Universe 2023: Six participants who created history at the beauty pageant
The Miss Universe 2023 competition, which is known for its dazzling display of national costumes and the crowning of the queen, made a groundbreaking history of inclusivity and representation through its contestants.
New Delhi, The Miss Universe 2023 competition took place in San Salvador, El Salvador on November 19 (IST) with Miss Nicaragua Sheynnis Palacios winning the title.
The competition, which is known for its dazzling display of national costumes and the crowning of the queen, also made a groundbreaking history of inclusivity and representation through its contestants.
Here’s how the Miss Universe 2023 beauty pageant is more inclusive:
Miss Guatemala Michelle Cohn is the first mother
At 28 years old, Michelle Cohn is a mother of two, a model, the founder of a brand, and an entrepreneur. According to her biography on the pageant’s Instagram page, she initiated a swimwear brand in 2016 and is dedicated to fostering equal opportunity by employing deaf women. Her bio expresses pride in being the inaugural mother chosen to represent her nation at the Miss Universe pageant, actively challenging stereotypes and advocating for women’s empowerment.
Miss Colombia Camila Avella is married with one child, making her the first married contestant
When the Miss Universe organizers declared that married women and mothers were eligible to compete, 28-year-old Camila Avella opted to give it another shot in her role as a wife and mother as she did not make the cut at the Miss Colombia competition in 2018.
According to her biography, Avella is both a journalist and a model. She is actively involved in empowering young mothers by offering various resources, such as financial management guidance and mental health training.
Rikkie Valerie Kollé is the first transgender Miss Netherlands to compete
In July 2023, Kollé secured the Miss Netherlands title, triumphing over nine other finalists. According to NOS, the 22-year-old model is the second transgender individual to vie for the Miss Universe crown, following Angela Ponce of Spain in 2018. In a Voices for Change campaign video, Kollé passionately advocates for equality and denounces bullying based on her gender identity.
Marina Machete became the first transgender Miss Portugal in 2023
At 28, Machete, a flight attendant, achieved a historic win by becoming the first transgender contestant to be crowned Miss Portugal in October 2023. Her biography highlights a deep commitment to equity and inclusion, expressing pride in overcoming challenges with courage and strength, leading to the development of humanity and kindness towards others in her life.
Miss Nepal Jane Dipika Garrett made history as the first body-inclusive contestant
Garnering attention, Garrett, 22, is lauded by some as Miss Universe’s first plus-size contestant, a recognition long overdue, according to fellow pageant contestants.
As per the Voices of Change campaign video, she advocates for mental and hormonal health, stemming from her battle with depression due to PCOS. She describes herself as determined and genuine in her bio. In a November Instagram post, she wrote, “It’s time to celebrate the different changes in women’s bodies and embrace all our shapes and sizes.”
Erica Robin became the first Miss Pakistan to compete in the pageant
The 24-year-old made history as the first Miss Pakistan. Robin, a model, actively battles gender bias and workplace inequality. Her bio read: “I’m most proud of standing up for what I believe in my life. Recently, right after I was announced as the new titleholder for Miss Universe Pakistan, I received some backlash from different sectors of the community, but I would like to stand up for what I believe in,” her bio read.”
Courtesy : India Today
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