It’s evident that the Miss Universe beauty pageant made a historic decision when it decided to open up the competition’s eligibility to mothers and married women.
Beginning in 2023, Fox News reports, eligibility requirements for pageant participants will no longer include marital status and parental status.
It has always been a rule of the Miss Universe pageant that winners must be unmarried and keep it that way for the duration of their reign.
Mothers have historically been disqualified as well, and winners are frequently obligated to abstain from pregnancy while holding the title of Miss Universe.
Mexico’s Andrea Meza, the winner of Miss Universe 2020, applauded the rule modification. Established rules exist, she said, calling them “unrealistic.”
Meza expressed her admiration for the development in an interview with Insider. “Just like society changes and women are now occupying leadership positions where in the past only men could, it was about time pageants changed and opened up to women with families.”
The existing rules, according to Meza, are “sexist” and “unrealistic” in their attempt to select a winner who will appeal to the widest possible audience.
People who have traditionally desired to see a single, attractive lady who is open for a relationship are opposed to these developments, Meza continued. “They always wanted to see a woman that, from the outside, looks so perfect that she’s almost unreachable. The former is sexist and the latter is unrealistic.”
More than 160 territories and nations around the world, including FYI and Telemundo in the United States, broadcast the Miss Universe pageant.
India’s Harnaaz Sandhu was named Miss Universe 2021. Punjab native Harnaaz Sandhu represented India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021 pageant in Eilat, Israel. Only two Indian women, actresses Sushmita Sen in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000, have ever won the Miss Universe title before Harnaaz Sandhu.