Nicaragua’s Sheynnis Palacios Historic Win at Miss Universe 2023
In a breathtaking coronation ceremony at the Jose Adolfo Pineda Arena in San Salvador, El Salvador, Nicaragua’s Sheynnis Palacios, a 23-year-old architectural graduate, was crowned Miss Universe 2023. Palacios, known for her advocacy in education and her talents in music and dance, outshone 90 contestants from across the globe, marking the first time Nicaragua has claimed the coveted Miss Universe title.
Palacios’s triumph is not only a personal victory but also a historic milestone for Nicaragua. She joins the ranks of Central American beauty queens, following in the footsteps of Costa Rica’s Maricris Alpizar (1976), Belize’s Rebecca Ramirez (1979), and Guatemala’s Irma Qüenza (1985). Her win resonates as a source of pride for her nation and a beacon of inspiration for women everywhere.
The coronation ceremony, attended by El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele, was a grand affair, showcasing contestants’ diverse talents and beauty. With grace and eloquence, Palacios secured her victory with a powerful message during the final question and answer segment. Emphasizing the importance of equal pay for women, she declared, “There is no limit for women,” reflecting her commitment to gender equality and empowerment.
Palacios’s journey to the crown included a week of intense competitions, where contestants showcased their prowess in swimsuits, evening gowns, and traditional dresses. Her victory highlights her beauty and poise and her dedication to meaningful causes, particularly her advocacy for quality education for all children.
As a graduate of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN), Palacios is not only a symbol of beauty but also of intelligence and commitment to social issues. Her work with various organizations advocating for accessible education underscores her passion for positively impacting young people’s lives.
Palacios received the crown and sash from her predecessor, R’Bonney Gabriel, from the United States, in a poignant moment that marked the transition of Miss Universe 2023. In President Nayib Bukele’s presence, the organisers also announced that the next edition of the pageant will be held in Mexico, keeping the tradition of the global event alive.
As Miss Universe 2023, Sheynnis Palacios is expected to use her platform to spotlight Nicaragua and its people. In a world where women’s empowerment is an ongoing struggle, Palacios stands as a beacon of hope, proving that with determination, intelligence, and grace, women can break barriers and impact the global stage.