SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Miss Nicaragua, Shenice Palacios, received the Miss Universe pageant late Saturday evening in El Salvador, the primary from her nation to put on the crown.
Palacios is a 23-year-old communications specialist who mentioned she needed to work on selling psychological well being after experiencing debilitating anxiousness assaults herself.
Miss Thailand Antonia Porsild was named first runner-up, and Miss Australia Murraya Wilson was named second runner-up.
Eighty-four ladies competed for the crown within the seventy-second version of the competitors.
Palacios appeared to have secured the win when she confidently answered a query about which lady’s sneakers she wish to spend a yr in by saying Mary Wollstonecraft, the 18th-century English author and thinker. Wollstonecraft was an advocate for ladies’s rights and is taken into account one of many pioneers of the feminist motion.
Palacios mentioned she desires to work to shut the gender wage hole so that ladies can work in any discipline.
The final Miss Universe competitors was held in El Salvador in 1975. This yr’s occasion was one other alternative for President Nayib Bukele to advertise the modifications made underneath his administration, particularly tremendously enhancing the nation’s security.
“El Salvador has modified eternally and we confirmed it once more,” Bukele mentioned on Saturday night. “Miss Universe has given us the chance to point out the world what we’re able to. Thanks for selecting to be a part of the rebirth of El Salvador.”
Bukele is operating for re-election regardless of constitutional time period limits and is broadly well-liked for his crackdown on gangs within the nation. However he has confronted worldwide criticism for undermining checks and balances on his energy and failing to respect human rights.
Greater than 72,000 individuals have been arrested with out due course of since a state of emergency was declared in March 2022 in response to a surge in gang violence. The particular powers granted to Bukele stay in place.