In a historic development, the Miss Universe pageant, a longstanding institution in the world of beauty pageants since its inception in 1952, has implemented a groundbreaking change. Miss Universe 2022, R’Bonney Gabriel, unveiled this significant transformation during Tanner Fletcher’s “Beauty Pageant” event at New York Fashion Week this spring.
One of the most notable shifts within the Miss Universe Organisation is the removal of the maximum age limit for participants, marking the first time in its history. Previously, contestants were capped at 28 years of age. R’Bonney Gabriel herself, as the reigning Miss Universe 2022, has not only broken barriers but also set a new record as the oldest Miss Universe ever crowned, currently being 29 years old. This change underscores the pageant’s commitment to embracing inclusivity and diversity among its contestants.
In this groundbreaking move that signifies a dedicated commitment to diversity, the Miss Universe organisation has established a new global benchmark for pageants in 2024. Under this revised policy, contestants are no longer constrained by age limits, marking a significant departure from conventional beauty pageant norms. However, it’s important to note that, to participate, contestants must still meet the minimum age requirement of 18 years.
This progressive modification reflects the organisation’s unwavering dedication to fostering inclusivity and celebrating the diverse journeys of women worldwide. During a statement to reporters at New York Fashion Week, the reigning Miss Universe, R’Bonney Gabriel, affirmed, “Age is not a barrier to a woman’s ability to compete and achieve greatness.” She expressed her admiration for the organization’s forward-thinking approach, emphasizing that it’s helmed by a dynamic group of women who are unafraid to set new standards. “A lot of people tend to follow what we do,” R’Bonney added, “and it’s a source of pride to be at the forefront, shaping the future of pageantry.”
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