In a historic moment for Pakistan, Erica Robin achieved a remarkable feat as the first contestant from the country to enter a beauty pageant and secure a place in the top 20. The crown and sash were bestowed upon the winner, Palacios, a 23-year-old contestant from Nicaragua, marking the first time Nicaragua claimed victory in the competition. The runners-up included Thailand’s Anntonia Porsild and Australia’s Moraya Wilson.
Palacios, known for her qualities of humility and gratitude for life’s small pleasures, triumphed over 84 participants in a week-long contest featuring diverse challenges, such as swimsuit, evening gown, and traditional dress segments. The newly renovated Adolfo Pineda National Gymnasium in the capital, San Salvador, served as the grand stage for the event, attended by El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele.
In her final statement to the jury, Palacios passionately advocated for equal pay, emphasizing its significance in enabling women to pursue careers in any field without limitations. Her powerful message resonated, highlighting the broader societal issues addressed in the pageant. As the event concluded, organizers announced that the upcoming edition would take place in Mexico, promising continuity for this globally celebrated spectacle.