Miss Universe Organization eliminates all age limits

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has officially announced its decision to eliminate all age limits across its competition.

In an Instagram story, MUO posted on Tuesday, "This change will apply for all 2024 pageants globally."

Every adult woman in the world will now have the opportunity to become the next Miss Universe.

This significant move towards a more inclusive pageant system came after allowing transgenders, mothers, and married women to compete.

The reigning Miss Universe, R'Bonney Gabriel of the USA, became the oldest winner to date when she was crowned at age 28 in New Orleans last January.

To recall, during the competition she was asked "Miss Universe recently made an inclusive change, allowing mothers and married women to compete this year. What's another change you'd like to see, and why?"

R'Bonney replied, "For me, I would like to see an age increase because I am 28 years old and that is the oldest age to compete, and I think it's a beautiful thing."

"My favorite quote is "If not now, then when" because as a woman, I believe age does not define us. It's not tomorrow, it's not yesterday, but it's now. The time is now that you can go after what you want."

Photos: Miss Universe, Holland Rainwater / R'Bonney Nola


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