20 NOVEMBER, 2023

Dristi Sharma

Video: Instagram/MissUniverse

Miss Universe 2023 was the 72nd Miss Universe pageant, held at the José Adolfo Pineda Arena in San Salvador, El Salvador on 18 November. This year special for various reasons.


Video: Instagram/MissUniverse

This years title was won by Sheynnis Palacios of Nicaragua. This is the first time a contestant from Nicaragua has won the contest.

This year's winner

Photo Instagram/Michelle Cohn

Michelle Cohn from Guatemala made history as the first-ever mother to compete in the event. The 28-year-old, who is both a model and an entrepreneur, has two children.

1.  first mother in the show

Photo Instagram/Camila Avella

Miss Colombia Camila Avella, is the first married woman and also mother to take part in the show (the second person in history too)  and reached the top 5.  

2.  first married contestant 

Photo: Instagram/ Rikkie Valerie Kollé

The 22-year-old model, Rikkie Valerie Kollé, is the second transgender individual to race for the Miss Universe crown. The first one was Angela Ponce of Spain in 2018.

3. 1st trans Miss Netherlands

Photo: Instagram/ Marina Machete

In October 2023, Marina Machete made history by becoming the first transgender contestant to be crowned Miss Portugal. She now is the third transgender woman for the show. 

4. 1st trans miss portugal

Photo:  Instagram/Jane Dipika Garrett

Jane Dipika Garrett, a 22-year-old from Nepal, is the first plus-size contestant (about damn time) in Miss Universe. 

5. 1st body-inclusive contestant 

Photo: Instagram/ Erica Robins

Hailing from Pakistan, Erica Robins is the first woman ever to be crowned Miss Universe Pakistan 2023. She is the first woman to participate from Pakistan.  

6. 1st pakistani contestant