The 72nd edition of Miss Universe marks many historic re-formatting to remove the shed of exclusivity.
The most coveted beauty pageant has removed the age limit on the candidates and allowed mothers, transwomen, and plus-sized beauty queens to enter the competition.
The innovation towards breaking the barrier on exclusivity echoed in 2018, when Philippines bet Catriona Gray brought home the 4th MU crown for the Philippines.
Angela Ponce of Spain also raised the LGBTQIA+ flag as the first trans woman to join Miss Universe.
Although she did not get to the final, the MOU gave her the moment to do her “first walk”.
Meanwhile, two trans women fought to be the first trans woman Miss Universe: Rikkie Valerie Kolle from the Netherlands, who is a model and LGBTQIA+ rights activist who advocates for equality and advocates against bullying because of her gender identity.
Marina Machete of Portugal is a flight attendant who also shares the message of strength and courage.
Moreover, Miss Universe has opened its doors to transformational women who are married and mothers.
This year, Michelle Cohn, a 28-year-old mother of two, represented Guatemala. Cohn is also a pageant veteran, representing Guatemala in Miss Grand International 2013. Camila Avella of Columbia is a model, a TV presenter, and a mother of one, making her the mom to crown Miss Universe Colombia.
Breaking the barrier towards the stereotype of women’s size, Miss Universe Nepal Jane Garrett is an advocate of body positivity and mental health.
Miss Nepal is admired by many for her bravery and influence as a plus-size beauty Titleist.
Another history made in the 72nd Miss Universe was made by Miss Pakistan, Erica Robin.
With her immense respect for Pakistani culture, Robin wore a pink burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by Muslim women, confidently flaunting modest beauty and culture. She is the first representative of Pakistan in the Miss Universe pageant.
Miss Nicaragua Sheynnis Palacios made history as the first Nicaraguan beauty queen to win the coveted beauty pageant, succeeding Filipino American R’Bonney Gabriel.
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