Miss Universe to permit married girls and moms to compete


  • Miss Universe will permit married girls and moms to compete for the primary time in its historical past.
  • The brand new rule will take impact for the 72nd Miss Universe pageant in 2023.
  • Miss Universe 2020 winner Andrea Meza instructed Insider that it was “about time” the foundations had modified.

For the primary time in its historical past, Miss Universe will permit married girls and moms to take part within the worldwide pageant.

In keeping with an inner memo obtained by The Nationwide, the brand new guidelines will take impact for the 72nd Miss Universe pageant in 2023. The preliminary contest for this 12 months’s Miss Universe has begun, which will likely be held in December.

A supply near the Miss Universe group confirmed the rule change with Insider and stated the memo went to the nationwide administrators on Friday.

Miss India at Miss Universe 2021

Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu was topped Miss Universe 2021.

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In keeping with The Nationwide, the memo reads, “All of us consider that ladies ought to have a proper over their lives and that a person’s private choices mustn’t hinder their success.”

Earlier than the rule change, solely girls between the ages of 18 and 28 have been allowed to compete for Miss Universe, who had by no means been married and had no youngsters. The age group will stay the identical, the supply confirmed to the insider.

Andrea Meza, who was topped Miss Universe 2020, stated the brand new rule was a very long time coming.

“I actually love that that is taking place,” she instructed Insider in an unique interview. “As society modifications and ladies are actually occupying management positions the place up to now solely males might, it was time the competitions modified and have been opened as much as girls with households.”

“There are loads of girls who obtained married early or had children of their early 20s and at all times wished to take part in Miss Universe, however could not due to the foundations,” she stated. “Now these girls can begin or develop their careers in leisure due to these modifications.”

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe 2020.

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was topped Miss Universe 2020.

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And Meja, who represented Mexico within the competitors, had a message for individuals who had an issue with the brand new rule.

“Some persons are in opposition to these modifications as a result of they’ve at all times wished to see the one lovely girl obtainable for a relationship,” she stated. “They at all times wished to see a lady who appeared so good on the surface that she was virtually out of attain. The primary is sexist and the second is unreal.”

Meja stated life as Miss Universe is a critical job that may be demanding and exhausting, however that does not imply that moms and wives needs to be disqualified.

“Like in some other business, girls are in a position to demand management with out or household, it’s no completely different on this case,” she stated.

Majora is not any stranger to the previous rule. Simply hours after profitable the crown, followers of the pageant tried to say he was married.

They unearthed an previous Instagram photograph that confirmed Meja sporting a marriage robe with a flowing veil. She was on high of a cliff with a person sporting a tuxedo and the caption learn, “3-09-19.”

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A Miss Universe spokesperson instructed Insider on the time that the outfit had been flooded with messages concerning the photograph. However Meja stated the photograph was from a photograph shoot she did whereas working because the official tourism model ambassador for the Chihuahua, the place she lived in Mexico.

“It is humorous as a result of the man who’s with me is the youngest brother of one among my finest buddies,” Meja instructed Insider. “He is 21. He is only a child. And it is humorous as a result of everyone seems to be taking it very critically.”

“At the moment, I used to be not in any competitors. I posted the image mocking the scenario,” she stated. “We thought it was enjoyable to prank our buddies by simply writing the date on the caption.”

Miss India, Miss South Africa, Miss Paraguay

Miss Universe 2021 finalists Lalela Maswane, Harnaaz Sandhu and Nadia Ferreira.

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Meja believes the brand new inclusive rule will likely be efficient for each the contestants and the ladies watching at dwelling.

“I believe it is inspiring to see somebody who’s taking part and profitable and altering their lives similar to you,” she stated. “It is wonderful.”



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