The 2023 Miss Universe pageant will happen tonight in El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador. (It is going to air in the US from 8 p.m. ET on the Roku Channel.) Eighty-four contestants — every representing their residence international locations — will likely be in competition, however most solely briefly: at first of the competitors, the sector will likely be narrowed to twenty semi-finalists, chosen based mostly on their efficiency within the pageant’s preliminary stage and, in a single case, a world fan vote.
See the perfect night robes on the 2023 Miss Universe competitors
Because the evening progresses, the sector will likely be additional winnowed; by the point the pageant’s night robe spherical performs out, solely 10 contestants will nonetheless be within the operating for the Miss Universe title (and tiara, in fact). Whereas it’s custom for the eradicated magnificence queens to stroll the stage, en masse, to indicate off their seems at this level, it’s often only a transient — and tightly-choreographed — glimpse in any respect the sequins, corsetry and fishtail trains.
All that vogue finery just isn’t misplaced totally within the blink of a watch, nonetheless: every contestant had their runway second throughout the aforementioned preliminary proceedings. Within the gallery above, see a number of the sartorial highlights.
These competing on the pageant embrace two transgender ladies, Rikkie Kollé of the Netherlands and Marina Machete of Portugal, in addition to two married ladies, Camila Avella of Colombia and Michelle Cohn of Guatemala. Nepal’s Jane Garrett, who has competed within the preliminary rounds to a lot applause from the viewers, can also be breaking boundaries as the primary plus-size mannequin in competition.
The 2023 Miss Universe pageant additionally marks longtime Miss Universe Group President Paula Shugart’s final 12 months. After 23 years within the function, Shugart introduced on Thursday that she was stepping down, a choice she stated had been “been months within the making, and never in a response to current occasions.” Final week, the pageant’s homeowners, JKN World Group, filed for bankruptcy — or “enterprise rehabilitation” — in Thailand, although stated the transfer wouldn’t have an effect on this 12 months’s pageant or group transferring ahead.
I’ve at all times passionately believed Miss Universe just isn’t about anyone girl, it’s about group,” Shugart stated in her resignation speech. “Our group: the passionate followers, the titleholders, the nationwide administrators who’ve remained devoted to this model via thick and skinny.