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El Salvador to host 83 countries at Miss Universe 2023 on November 18th

Miss Colombia Maria Fernanda Aristizabal reacts after being selected as the last of the 16 finalists. AP

The 72nd Miss Universe pageant is to be held in El Salvador in November. The winner will be named on November 18, when reigning Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel from the US will pass on the crown.

R’Bonne Gabriel

For the first time in the history of the long-running pageant, married women and mothers are to be allowed to participate. Michelle Cohn from Guatemala became the first married woman and mother to be a contestant.

Michelle Cohn

Cohn, a model and entrepreneur, has a son and daughter with husband Andres Matheu.

So far, more than 50 countries have announced their representatives, but plenty more national contests have not yet taken place.

A total of 83 countries were represented at Miss Universe 2022, held in January due to a postponement. Gabriel, a Filipina-American fashion designer and model, won the crown at the event in the US city of New Orleans.

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