Miss Universe pageant to allow married women, mothers to compete
The Miss Universe pageant is updating its 70-year-old eligibility rule by allowing married women and mothers to participate for the first time in its history.
The Miss Universe pageant which will take place in 2023 will give a chance for the first time to married women and mothers to be a part of the competition. Currently, the rules of the pageant state that only single women aged between 18 to 28, who have never been married or had children are allowed to apply.
Related to the new rule the comment made by Miss Universe Organization is as follows, “The Miss Universe Organization is always the greatest and most innovative platform of its kind and now it will be more inclusive and welcoming to mothers and married women”.
While talking with an International magazine Insider Andrea Meza, a former Miss Universe 2020 said, “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 further added, “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”.
The Miss Universe 2020 also mentioned those who are against this new rule, “A few people are against these changes because they always wanted to see a single, beautiful woman who is available for a relationship. They always wanted to see a woman that from the outside looks so perfect that she’s almost unreachable. The former is sexist and the latter is unrealistic. Just like in any other industry, women are capable of having demanding leadership positions with or without a family, it is no different in this case”.