In a now much talked about move, the Miss Universe organization has announced that adult women of all ages will be allowed to compete in their pageants.
Miss Universe 2022 R’Bonney Gabriel’s announcement during New York Fashion Week 2024 marks a historic moment, as the pageant eliminated its upper age limit.
The famed beauty pageant, which has been running since 1952, has removed the upper age limit for contestants, which had previously been set at 28. As the oldest Miss Universe ever crowned, R’Bonney Gabriel herself has shattered the previous record. The 2022 winner is currently 29 years old.
So far women upto age of 28 were allowed to take part in the beauty pageant. Gabriel has been an advocate for age inclusivity for a while now. ‘Age should just be a number’, she added.