Miss Universe 2023: India's Shweta Sharda misses out on top 10 spots, check full list of finalists
Miss Universe 2023 is underway in El Salvador, with Chandigarh-born Shweta Sharda missing the top 10, and Pakistan's Erica Robin making history.
The 72nd edition of Miss Universe, also known as Miss Universe 2023, is currently taking place at the José Adolfo Pineda Arena in El Salvador for the first time ever. Unfortunately, Chandigarh-born model and dancer Shweta Sharda, 22, did not proceed to the evening gown round after the swimsuit round. Shweta was among the front runners until the semi-final round, but did not make it into the top 10 lineup.
The top 10 finalists for Miss Universe 2023 are Miss Puerto Rico, Thailand, Peru, Colombia, Nicaragua, Philippines, El Salvador, Venezuela, Australia, and Spain. Erica Robin's ranking in the Top 20 at Miss Universe 2023 was a historic moment for Pakistan, but she did not place in the top 10 in the tournament. For the first time, all of the pageant's hosts are women, including Former Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and TV personalities Jeannie Mai and Maria Menounos.
Miss Universe China, Qi Jia, had to step down due to Visa issues. According to the official update, "Ms. Jia Qi applied for visa procedures as soon as her coronation was announced and actively prepared for the world finals. However, due to the delay in issuance, she flew to El Salvador as soon as the visa was granted and lost more than a week of activities, which made it impossible for her to compete in this year's international event."
Ninety countries entered the 72nd Miss Universe pageant to compete for the prestigious title. Notably, Marina Machete from Portugal and Rikkie Kollé from the Netherlands are the two transgender women competing in the contest this year.