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International News: Miss Universe makes historic decision to allow married women and mothers to compete

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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2022. 4:26 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The prestigious Miss Universe Organization, renowned worldwide has made a historic decision to allow married women and mothers to compete, Insider reports.

The new rules will become effective in 2023 for the 72nd Miss Universe pageant.”We all believe that women should have agency over their lives and that a human’s personal decisions should not be a barrier to their success,” a memo from the organization said.

Previously, only women between the ages of 18 and 28 who had never been married and had no children were allowed to compete for Miss Universe. The age bracket will remain the same.

Miss Universe 2020, Mexican beauty ambassador Andrea Meza said that “it was about time”.

“I honestly love that this is happening. Just like society changes and women are now occupying leadership positions where in the past only men could, it was about time pageants changed and opened up to women with families,” she told Insider.

“There are a lot of women that got married young or had kids in their early 20s and they always wanted to participate in Miss Universe but couldn’t because of the rules. Now those women can start or boost their careers in entertainment because of these changes,” Meza added.

“I think it’s inspiring seeing someone that is just like you participating and winning and seeing their lives change. It’s incredible,” Meza said.

 

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