Sheynnis Palacios of Nicaragua made history by being crowned the 2023 Miss Universe at the event held in El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador.
Sheynnis Palacios triumphs as 2023 Miss Universe, a first for Nicaragua
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It was a night of glamour and celebration in San Salvador, where the annual beauty pageant concluded with Palacios’ momentous win.
This year’s Miss Universe saw participants from 84 countries, all vying for the prestigious title.
The event was judged by a diverse panel, including model Halima Aden, Queer Eye star Carson Kressley, TikTok influencer Avani Gregg, and former Miss Universe winners Janelle Commissiong and Iris Mittenaere.
Despite strong competition, notably from Thailand’s Anntonia Porsild, who was the first runner-up, it was Palacios who ultimately claimed the crown.
Watch Palacios’ crowning moment below:
Four things to know about this year’s Miss Universe
A history of success in pageant contests
At just 23, Sheynnis Palacios is no stranger to the world of pageantry. Hailing from Managua, Nicaragua, she has a history of success in beauty pageants, including winning Miss Teen Nicaragua 2016 and Miss World Nicaragua 2020.
She even made it to the Top 40 in Miss World 2021. Alongside her pageant career, she’s pursued academics, studied mass communications, and has been an avid volleyball player.
The first-ever Miss Universe from Nicaragua
Palacios’ win at the 2023 Miss Universe is groundbreaking for Nicaragua, marking the first time a representative from the country has won the title. This victory puts Nicaragua on the Miss Universe map and is a moment of national pride.
Palacios is a health fanatic
Beyond her pageant successes, Sheynnis leads an active life. She’s a fitness enthusiast and enjoys playing volleyball. Her Instagram posts often feature her dogs, highlighting her love for pets.
A family-centric pageant queen
Sheynnis is also known for her strong family bonds. She recently shared a touching moment on Instagram, surprising her mother after being away for Miss Universe duties.