Nicaraguan Shaynis Palacios became the first Central American to win the tournament

Shaneice PalaciosNicaragua’s representative became the first Central American to win the tournament this Saturday Miss Universe. The 72nd edition, held in El Salvador, featured married, plus-size contestants and two transgender contestants for the first time.

Palacios said that he considers humility and gratitude for the little things as his main qualities. He beat 84 contestants A week of preliminaries in swimwear, evening wear and traditional wear.

The Nicaraguan highlighted the importance of equal pay for women “to work in any field” in the jury’s final question. “Women are off limits“, said.

Each participant marched to the applause of the public on the stage set up in the recently renovated “Adolfo Pineda” National Gymnasium in the western part of the capital of El Salvador.

During the gala, which The President of El Salvador, Nayeb Bugele, was presentOrganizers announced that the next edition will be held in Mexico.

The President of El Salvador, Nayeb Bugele, gave a speech during the crowning ceremony of the new Miss Universe. Photo EFE/ Rodrigo Sura.

Palacios, 23, inherited the crown and shirt from his predecessor, American R’Bonney Gabriel.

The surprise Nicaraguan, who was one of the favorites of the tournament, finished ahead of Thailand’s representative and first finalist. Antonia PorchildShe was selected as the second finalist Moray Wilson, from Australia. The top five group was completed by Puerto Rico and Colombia.

Who is the new Miss Universe Shainice Palacios?

With the brand new Miss Universe, Shanice Palacios, Thailand and first runner up Antonia Porchild. Photo EFE/ Rodrigo Sura

In 2016, when she was 16 years old, she participated in the Miss Teen Nicaragua pageant, which she won. She participated in Miss Teen Universe 2017 and placed in the top 10. In 2020, at the age of 20, she competed in Miss World Nicaragua and won the crown.

The 2020 and 2021 Miss World pageants were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and young Palacios represented her country in the 2022 pageant in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was one of the 40 most beautiful women on Earth. .

With information from agencies.

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