Miss Dominican Republic Andreína Martínez shimmered while onstage in a full metallic ensemble during the 2023 Miss Universe pageant on Saturday in New Orleans, Louisiana.
What dress did Martínez wear in the competition?
For her final outfit of the pageant, Martínez wore a shining nude dress coated in thin transparent silver sequins that featured a sweetheart necklace. The piece gained added elegance from intricate silver and deep purple crystals embroidered along its waistlin, straps and ribs, as well as a thin sparkling silver fringe along the dress’ thigh-high slit.
What shoes did Martínez wear for Miss Universe?
To coordinate with her dress’ color, the Miss Universe finalist wore a pair of shimmering silver sandals. Her style featured thin buckled ankle and toe straps with small purple and silver crystals across each, creating a bling-heavy effect. The pair was finished with uplifted clear soles for a transparent height boost, as well as heels that likely totaled 4 to 5 inches in height — given the elevation of similar platform-soled styles on the market today. Open-toed and stiletto-heeled styles are frequently seen throughout Miss Universe pageants over the years, making them top contenders for contestants during the competition.
What was Martinez’s Q&A topic?
During the Q&A portion of the pageant, Martínez made a powerful statement about education when asked what is the most significant obstacle that women in her country currently face, and what should be done to resolve the issue.
Martínez stated, “I believe the most significant obstacle women in my country face is access to education. There’s a number of women and children in our country that cannot go to school and don’t have lack of access to go to them and I believe we should do something about it now. We need to make sure that kids are able to be kids, they want to play, to educate themselves. Not be mothers, not be wives. It is the moment now to take action…”
Who won Miss Universe 2023?
While Martínez was among several finalists for Miss Universe 2023, along with Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel, Miss Puerto Rico Ashley Carino, Miss Curacao Gabriëla Dos Santos, ultimately Miss United States R’bonney Gabriel was crowned the winner of Miss Universe 2023.
The 2023 Miss Universe pageant celebrates international beauty, as well as a range of humanitarian causes from its contestants. Held on Jan. 14 in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The event calls upon contestants from at least 80 countries to compete for this year’s crown: a diamond and blue sapphire creation by Mouawad Jewelry, titled “Force for Good.” The crown will be bestowed upon the 2023 winner by the 2022 Miss Universe winner Harnaaz Sandhu of India.
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