Miss Universe 2023
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Miss Universe 2023 is breaking barriers, showcasing inclusivity like never before with mothers, trans women, and a plus-size model gracing the stage. Held in El Salvador with contestants from 90 countries, the event is set to redefine beauty standards.

This edition marks a historic departure from traditional norms, eliminating age restrictions. Guatemalan Michelle Cohn and Colombian Camila Avella Montanez, both mothers, step onto the global stage, challenging preconceived notions of beauty and motherhood.

In a bold move towards equality, transgender contestants Marina Machete from Portugal and Valerie Kolle from the Netherlands are making history by representing their countries. The LGBTQIA community gains visibility on this prestigious platform for the first time.

Miss Nepal, Jane Dipika Garrett, adds another layer of diversity as the first plus-size model in the competition. Garrett, a fervent advocate for body positivity, is set to inspire millions with her trailblazing participation.

Further contributing to the groundbreaking nature of Miss Universe 2023, Erica Robins becomes the inaugural Miss Universe Pakistan, marking Pakistan’s debut in the competition.

The event unfolds with its traditional rounds, but this time, each step resonates with a message of breaking stereotypes and embracing all forms of beauty. The reigning Miss Universe, R’Bonney Gabriel, will pass on the crown in a ceremony that promises to be more than just a spectacle; it is a celebration of diversity and empowerment.

For Indian viewers, the competition will be broadcast live on Miss Universe’s YouTube channel and X account starting at 6:30 am on November 19, in accordance with Indian Standard Time. Representing India is Shweta Shard from Chandigarh, adding her unique story to the tapestry of diversity that defines Miss Universe 2023.

Re-reported from the article originally published in The India English

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