Mothers and married women will be permitted to compete in the Miss Universe beauty contest starting with the 72nd Miss Universe pageant in 2023.
Only single, childless women between the ages of 18 and 28 were permitted to compete in the Miss Universe contest up until this point. As long as they held the title of Miss Universe, winners were also obliged to refrain from getting married and having children.
“We all agree that women should have control over their lives and that a human’s personal decisions should not be a barrier to their achievement,” the pageant reportedly said in an internal memo.
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The winner of Miss Universe 2020, Andrea Meza, praised the rule modification. “Sincerely, I am happy that this is taking place. It’s about time pageants modernised and welcomed women with kids, just as society is changing and women are now holding leadership positions where previously only men could “To Business Insider, she spoke.
“A few people object to these developments because they have always yearned to see a beautiful single woman who is open to dating. They have always desired to see a woman who appears to be so flawless on the exterior that she is virtually untouchable. The former is unrealistic, while the latter is sexist.”
Meza is familiar with the aforementioned principle. In fact, there were claims that she was married on social media just hours after she won the Miss Universe title.