Miss Mundo Dominicana 2023 is María Victoria Bayo Martínez

María Victoria Bayo Martínez was crowned Miss Mundo Dominicana 2023 (Miss World Dominican Republic 2023) on Saturday, April 15 at Gran Teatro del Cibao in Santiago de los Caballeros.

The 23-year-old model and athlete from Santiago holds a degree in business administration and international business from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.

"I want to thank God, my family, and especially the Miss Mundo Dominicana organization for putting all their trust in me," she wrote in a statement on social media.

"Since my childhood, I have represented Cibao in sports and academic events at the national level and with great pride. Now the commitment gets bigger and it is to represent globally the values, riches, beauty, culture, and joy of our people," she added.

The new Miss Mundo Dominicana succeeded Emmy Peña, who placed in the Top 40 and bagged the Miss World Caribbean title during the 70th Miss World pageant held in Puerto Rico.

Maria will now prepare to represent her country at the 71st Miss World (Miss World 2023) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a date yet to be announced.

The Dominican Republic won the Miss World pageant once, in 1982, with architect and TV host Mariasela Álvarez who conquered the 32nd Miss World edition at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Meet the new Miss Mundo Dominicana / Miss World Dominican Republic:

Photos: Miss Mundo Dominicana, Immagine / Maria Bayo / Instagram

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