Miss Universe Spain 2023 is Athenea Pérez of Murcia

Athenea Pérez, representing Murcia, bested 16 other competitors to win Miss Universe Spain 2023 in a glittering event held on Saturday, July 1 at the Los Olivos Beach Resort in Costa Adeje, Tenerife.

The 27-year-old model with a double degree in marketing and advertising will now represent Spain at the 72nd Miss Universe (Miss Universe 2023) in El Salvador. She succeeds last year's winner and Miss Universe 2022 Top 16 semifinalist Alicia Faubel.

Carolina Espeso Jerez of Canarias and Julia Rodrigo of Comunidad Valenciana were named the first and second runners-up, respectively, while Paula Villalobos of Extremadura and Mariana Mujica of Comunidad de Madrid were the rest of the Top 5 finalists.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Laura Mederos of Andalucia, Helena Sanchez of Asturias, Yolanda Francisco of Cantabria, Nicka Ruiz of La Rioja, and Nerea Caccho of Navarra.

This year's pageant was hosted by former titleholder Sarah Loinaz (Miss Universe Spain 2021) together with Victor Santiago, a Puerto Rican singer and "Día @ Día" co-host on Telemundo Puerto Rico.

No stranger to pageantry, the new Miss Universe Spain has already participated in the competition in 2019 and placed first runner-up to Natalie Ortega (Miss Universe Spain 2019).

Photos: LM Gómez Pozo / Miss Universe Spain, José Urbano / Athenea Pérez / Instagram

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