Miss Nicaragua, Sheynnis Palacios, crowned Miss Universe 2023, marking Nicaragua's first-ever win and fifth time placing in the semifinals.
The historic event in San Salvador featured all-female hosts, including Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, Jeannie Mai Jenkins, and Maria Menounos.
John Legend performed at the pageant, adding star power to the celebration, with Chrissy Teigen sharing the experience on her Instagram Story.
For the first time, married women and mothers were allowed to compete, breaking tradition in the international competition.
Two openly transgender women, Marina Machete from Portugal and Rikkie Kollé from the Netherlands, participated in this groundbreaking Miss Universe.
The competition featured 84 delegates from around the world, with Miss USA Noelia Voigt missing the top 10 after the swimwear round.
Sheynnis Palacios' victory included emotional moments as she became the 72nd Miss Universe, succeeding R’Bonney Gabriel.
Miss Universe 2023 emphasized diversity, inclusivity, and historical milestones, showcasing beauty beyond traditional standards.