In a historic move, Miss Universe will officially start allowing wives and mothers to compete for the crown for the first time after updating its beauty pageant regulations. The National claims that these regulations will go into effect with the 2023 edition.
The largest change to the selection process for Miss Universe, which celebrated its 70th edition last year, is to allow married women and mothers to compete starting with the following editions. The organization has reportedly sent national pageant directors a note explaining how it has always aimed to keep up with the times and that the most recent decision was the logical next step. The official statement stated, “We all think that women should have agency over their life and that a person’s personal decisions should not be a hindrance to their achievement.”
Earlier this year, the organization headed by two strong women, MUO President Paula Shugart and CEO Amy Emmerich, took the initiative to revamp its tagline as “Miss Universe, Beautifully Confident.”
The official statement that made the announcement read, “We are thrilled to share the development of our tagline with you. The original purpose of Miss Universe was to find the most self-assuredly attractive ladies. Our organization has a history of supporting powerful women, and our evolution is a testament to that illustrious past. We now understand that beauty is about who we are and how we present ourselves, Beautifully Confident, as the organization continues to expand. The mission of the Miss Universe Organization is to promote a future built by women. The first step in becoming a strong woman who changes the world is to be your beautifully true self. ”
The Miss Universe Pageant:
Previously, only women between the ages of 18 and 28 who had never been married or had children were eligible to apply. However, there is still no confirmation on the age. The contestants, who had never wed or given birth, had to convince a panel of judges that they were the best person to represent their country. Additionally, the Miss Universe Organization has yet to officially confirm the revised set of guidelines.