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Miss Universe 2023 will be held in El Salvador: Nayib Bukele

Nayib Bukele, 41, appeared on the Miss Universe 2022 coronation night via a pre-recorded video announcement. The 43rd and incumbent president of El Salvador announced the host country of the next edition of the international beauty pageant owned by Anne Jakrajutatip, 43, of Thailand.

Jakrajutatip is the founder and owner of JKN Global Group, which acquired the Miss Universe Organization from Endeavor Group Holdings-owned IMG Worldwide at $14 million on October 26, 2022. This made her the first trans woman to own the organization.

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“Hello, I hope you’ve all enjoyed the 71st Miss Universe pageant this evening,” Bukele said in the video, which was aired right before the announcement of the Miss Universe 2022 winner. “I am grateful and honored to announce that El Salvador will be the official host country of the next Miss Universe pageant at the end of this year.”

“El Salvador is a county that is full of beauty,” Bukele continued. “We have the best surfing beaches in the world, magnificent volcanoes, exquisite coffee and we now have become the safest country in Latin America.”

“We would like to thank the Miss Universe Organization for joining us in this historic process,” El Salvador’s president added. “El Salvador is changing and we want you to come and see it for yourselves. See you soon.”

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On January 14, 2023, R’Bonney Gabriel, 28, of the United States was crowned Miss Universe 2022 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Runner-up to Gabriel was Amanda Dudamel, 23, of Venezuela while Andreina Martínez, 25, of the Dominican Republic was second runner-up.

Gabriëla Dos Santos, 20, of Curacao and Ashley Cariño, 28, of Puerto Rico finished in the Top 5. Alejandra Guajardo, 26, of El Salvador was unplaced.

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Miss Universe 2023 is the 72nd edition of the international beauty pageant, which marks the first time married women and women with children are allowed to join the competition. The specific venue and date of the coronation night will announced at a later date.

This is the second time El Salvador is hosting Miss Universe. The first time was on July 19, 1975 when Anne Marie Pohtamo, then 19, of Finland was crowned Miss Universe 1975 at the National Gymnasium in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Bukele was the mayor of San Salvador from May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2018 and he assumed office as the president of El Salvador on June 1, 2019. It has yet to be confirmed whether or not he and Jakrajutatip have met in person.

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