Miss Universe 2023 preliminary competition standouts


The 72nd Miss Universe preliminary competition took place last night at the Gimnasio Nacional José Adolfo Pineda in San Salvador, El Salvador.

More than 80 contestants from around the world dazzled in their Clarisse Designs opening dresses, swimsuits by Rubin Singer, footwear by Jojo Bragais, and their choice of evening gowns.

Hosted by reigning Miss Universe R'Bonney Gabriel and former Miss Universe El Salvador Vanessa Velásquez, last night's spectacular show is considered the most inclusive in the 72-year history of Miss Universe.

There were two mothers (Colombia and Guatemala), two transgender women (Netherlands and Portugal), and one plus-sized (Nepal).

Also, two contestants (Bahrain and Pakistan) walked on stage during the swimsuit competition wearing a burkini, a swimsuit marketed toward Muslim women.

The preliminary competition will help the distinguished selection committee decide who will make it to the Miss Universe 2023 Top 20 in the upcoming final this Saturday, November 18.

Here are the Top 30 standouts from the crucial event:

(in alphabetical order)

Albania - Endi Demneri

Australia - Moraya Wilson

Bolivia - Estefany Rivero

Cameroon - Issie Princesse

Colombia - Camila Avella

Costa Rica - Lisbeth Valverde

Curacao - Kim Rossen

Denmark - Nikoline Uhrenholt Hansen

Ecuador - Delary Stoffers

Egypt - Mohra Tantawy

El Salvador - Isabella García-Manzo

Great Britain - Jessica Page

India - Shweta Sharda

Italy - Carmen Panepinto

Laos - Phaimany Lathsabanthao

Mexico - Melissa Flores

Namibia - Jameela Uiras

Nicaragua - Sheynis Palacios

Pakistan - Erica Robin

Paraguay - Elicena Andrada

Philippines - Michelle Dee

Portugal - Marina Machete

Puerto Rico - Karla Guilfú Acevedo

Russia - Margarita Golubeva

South Africa - Bryoni Govender

Spain - Athenea Pérez

Thailand - Anntonia Porsild

Trinidad and Tobago - Faith Gillezeau

USA - Noelia Voigt

Venezuela - Diana Silva

Photos: Miss Universe Organization

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