By Odunmorayo Oke
20 November 2023 |
In a glittering ceremony held in San Salvador, El Salvador, on November 18, 2023, Sheynnis Palacios of Nicaragua emerged victorious as the newly crowned Miss Universe. This historic achievement marks the first time a Nicaraguan woman has ever claimed the coveted title, solidifying her place among the world’s most celebrated beauties. The 23-year-old Palacios, a…
In a glittering ceremony held in San Salvador, El Salvador, on November 18, 2023, Sheynnis Palacios of Nicaragua emerged victorious as the newly crowned Miss Universe. This historic achievement marks the first time a Nicaraguan woman has ever claimed the coveted title, solidifying her place among the world’s most celebrated beauties.
The 23-year-old Palacios, a TV host and model, captivated the judges and audience with her undeniable charisma, poise, and heartfelt advocacy for mental health awareness. Her unwavering commitment to this cause resonated throughout the competition, highlighting the importance of open dialogue and understanding in addressing mental well-being.
Palacios’ journey to Miss Universe began with a childhood dream of representing her country on the international stage. Fueled by determination and perseverance, she pursued her aspirations with unwavering passion, eventually clinching the Miss Nicaragua title, which paved her path to the global competition.
During the grand finale, Palacios confidently showcased her intelligence, grace, and eloquence, leaving an indelible mark on the judges and viewers alike. Her stunning evening gown, designed by Jorge Salazar Caliz and inspired by the Nicaraguan Grackle, a native bird, perfectly complemented her vibrant personality and deep connection to her heritage.
As the newly crowned Miss Universe, Palacios carries the hopes and dreams of her nation, promising to use her platform to make a positive impact on the world. Her victory serves as a beacon of inspiration for women worldwide, demonstrating that with unwavering determination and a compassionate heart, anything is possible.
In a heartfelt message on Instagram following her triumph, Palacios expressed her gratitude and dedication to her home country. “Tonight, I dedicate this victory to my inner child and to each of the girls who yearn to fulfill this dream,” she wrote. “Even the sky itself is the limit. Dream so big that people think it is impossible to achieve, because that is where you know that your dreams and goals will exceed obstacles. Remember to accompany them with determination, perseverance, and passion.”
Palacios continued, “My beautiful homeland, thank you for allowing me to be an ambassador of your culture, of your landscapes, of our identity and colonial beauty. My Nicaragua…it will be an honor to scream one more night your name and prove to the universe that the homeland may be small but we are full of big dreams.”
With her crown glistening and her spirit soaring, Sheynnis Palacios embarks on her reign as Miss Universe, ready to inspire and empower women across the globe.