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The first black woman to clinch the Miss Spain title is Athenia Pérez.
Miss Spain Athenia Perez during the Miss Universe pageant. Courtesy of Miss Universe
Pérez, who reached the top 10, expressed in her Miss Universe introduction video that she was raised by a single immigrant mother.
“I know my story can aid and inspire people,” Perez commented. “Diversity is here, and diversity is now, today.”
The 27-year-old champions for racial equality in Spain and is leveraging her platform to combat intergenerational violence.
During the swimsuit competition, Miss Pakistan Erica Robin sported a burkini.
Miss Pakistan Erica Robin during the Miss Universe pageant. Courtesy of Miss Universe
Robin, the first woman to represent Pakistan at the pageant, donned a baby-pink burkini as she walked across the Miss Universe stage.
In her Miss Universe bio, Robin mentioned that she faced criticism from various sectors of the community in Pakistan after choosing to compete, but she wanted to stand up for her beliefs.
She said, “Despite these criticisms, I look forward to celebrating women’s success as a young modern Pakistani woman while upholding my values, representing our rich culture and heritage, and showing the world that Pakistan can celebrate women’s success.” She was prepared to confront any challenge that came her way.”
She secured a position in the top 20 in the competition.
Thirty years ago, the mother of Miss Chile Celeste Viel clinched the same title.
Miss Chile Celeste Viel during the Miss Universe pageant. Courtesy of Miss Universe
Viel’s mother, Paula Caballero, also secured the title of Miss Chile.
“He’s been with me through this whole process,” Viall recently expressed. Hello!, “I’m living the same emotions that she was, and that’s priceless to me. She’s been with me through this whole process and shared some of what she’s experienced.”
Viel made it to the top 20 in this year’s competition.
Jane Deepika Garrett from Nepal created history as the first body-inclusive contestant at Miss Universe.
Miss Nepal Jane Deepika Garrett during the Miss Universe pageant. Hector Vivas/Stringer/Getty Images
Garrett has been using her Miss Universe platform to advocate for mental and hormonal health, disclosing that she has grappled with depression due to her PCOS.
“I am a determined, resilient, and authentic woman who embraces her true essence and nature without fear.” reads her Miss Universe bio. “My life experiences have shaped me into the strong, bold, and courageous woman I am today.”
Marina Machete, Miss Portugal, is the first transgender woman to be ranked at Miss Universe.
Miss Portugal Marina Machete during the Miss Universe pageant. Courtesy of Miss Universe
Miss Spain Angela Ponce was the first transgender woman to compete at Miss Universe in 2018, and Machete will now join her in the history books after making the top 20 on Saturday night.
The 28-year-old flight attendant is also the first transgender contestant to win Miss Portugal.
“I am most proud of the challenges I overcame with courage and strength,” Machete wrote in her Miss Universe bio. “Inspiring me to develop humanity and kindness towards others in my life.”
Miss El Salvador resided just 10 minutes away from the Miss Universe pageant venue.
Miss El Salvador Isabella Garcia-Manzo during the Miss Universe pageant. Courtesy of Miss Universe
While some women spent the day traveling to the Miss Universe pageant, held at the José Adolfo Pineda Arena in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Miss El Salvador Isabella Garcia-Manzo merely lived around the corner.
The 20-year-old contestant secured a spot in the competition’s top 10.