Being held in El Salvador for the first time, the 72nd edition of Miss Universe, also known as Miss Universe 2023, has reached a crucial stage. Unfortunately, despite being a strong contender, India's Shweta Sharda did not make it through to the top 10 finalists. The journey of the Chandigarh-born model and dancer came to an end after the swimsuit round, as she did not proceed to the evening gown round.
Shweta Sharda had been among the front runners throughout the competition, making it to the semi-final round. However, luck was not on her side as she missed securing a spot in the highly anticipated top 10 lineup.
In a historical moment for Pakistan, Erica Robin achieved a ranking in the top 20 at Miss Universe 2023. Unfortunately, she did not make it to the top 10, but her achievement marks a significant milestone for her country in the prestigious beauty pageant.
The hosts of Miss Universe 2023 are all women for the first time, including former Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, and TV personalities Jeannie Mai and Maria Menounos. Their presence adds to the empowerment and celebration of women in the global pageant.
China's representative, Qi Jia, faced visa issues which ultimately led to her withdrawal from the competition. Despite her active preparation and anticipation to compete, the delay in visa issuance resulted in her missing more than a week of activities, rendering her unable to participate.
With a total of 90 countries participating in the 72nd Miss Universe pageant, the stage is set for the crowning of the next Miss Universe. Among the notable contestants are Marina Machete from Portugal and Rikkie Kollé from the Netherlands, who are both transgender women competing in the contest this year.
As the competition heats up, the world eagerly awaits the outcome of Miss Universe 2023 and the announcement of the new titleholder.