The Miss Universe pageant is updating the 70th year eligibility rules.
Effective for the 72nd page – which will take place in 2023 – married women and mothers will be allowed to compete in the page.
Preliminaries for this year’s event – which takes place in December – have already taken place.
Currently, the law states that only single women between the ages of 18 and 28, who are never married or have no children are allowed to apply.
The age bracket will remain the same, a source close to the organization confirmed to the Director.
“We all believe that women should have agency over their lives and that their personal decisions should not be a barrier to their success,” said an internal memo seen by The National.
The Post has contacted the Miss Universe organization for comment.
“The Miss Universe pageant has always been the largest and most innovative of its kind and now it will be more and more welcoming to mothers and married women,” said Josh Yugen, Yugen Group’s CEO and national director. the language of Miss Universe Bahrain, said. Country. “For me, this is in line with what I have been fighting for – breaking the stereotypes and learning the stigma that the old society has forced upon us for many years.”
Andrea Meza, who was crowned Miss Universe 2020, told the Insider that the legal change is long overdue.
“I really love that this is happening,” Meza told the outlet. “As society changes and women are now occupying leadership positions where only men could previously, it is about time the pages are turned and opened to women who have families.
“There are many women who get married young or have children in their early 20s and they always want to participate in Miss Universe but they can’t because of the rules,” she added. “Now those women can start or increase their careers in sports because of these changes.”
The law concerned Meza personally after his victory when internet trolls found an Instagram post of a wedding dress, with a man wearing a tuxedo on top of a rock, with the caption “3-09-19.”
However, a spokesperson for Miss Universe told Insider at the time that the image was from a photo shoot she had done while serving as the official travel brand ambassador for Chihuahua, where she lives in Mexico.
And Meza, who represents Mexico on the page, has a message for people who don’t like the new law.
“Some people are against these changes because they always want to see a single, beautiful woman who is available for a relationship,” he said. “They always want to see a woman from the outside who seems unattainable. The former is sexist and the latter is true.O.
“As in any other industry, women have the ability to have demanding leadership positions without or with family, it is no different in this case,” Meza thought.