Miss Universe Removes Age Limit for Contestants

Ageless, is how many people are describing the historical decision of the Miss Universe to eliminate its age limit for contestants.

Since 1952, there have been changes in the Miss Universe Organization. This 2023, reigning Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel announced the decision to be more inclusive in the pageant.


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“The Miss Universe Organization announces the elimination of all age limits across all Miss Universe and associated pageants”, said Miss Universe Organization on their Social Media.

“This change will apply for all 2023 pageants globally”, they added.

“What I love about Miss Universe is that they are always out first in line, looking for ways they can be more inclusive and better live up to the platform that they’ve designed for us,” R’Bonney Gabriel told WWD reports.

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The Filipino-American Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel is now 29 years old and brought up the age limit detail of the organization during the 2023 pageant. “I answered an onstage question: ‘If you were going to make any changes to the organization’s rules, what would they be?’ I said to raise the age limit. When I competed, the age limit was 28, and I was 28 at the time. So, my answer was that I think we should change this — a woman’s ability to compete at Miss Universe, or anything in life, shouldn’t be defined by her age. Age should just be a number,” she fondly recalls.