Following a 3-year-pause: Egypt to participate in Miss Universe pageant

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 May 2023

A Dubai-based company announced that it won a bid for the franchise of hosting Miss Egypt this year in order to choose a representative to the pageant held in El Salvador.

Diana Hamed, Miss Universe Egypt 2019
Diana Hamed, the last to be crowned Miss Universe Egypt , 2019


In 2019, Diana Hamed represented Egypt at the Miss Universe pageant in Georgia, the United States, and that was the last time the country was represented at the competition, which saw Miss South Africa crowned with the title that year.

This year, Egypt is making a comeback.

Dubai announced it earned the franchise to host Miss Universe Egypt to choose the country's representative at the global Miss Universe pageant, one of the longest-running and most-watched beauty competitions in the world.

The Dubai-based company, Yugen Group, already owns the franchise rights to Miss Universe Bahrain and Miss Universe Pakistan. They will be responsible for selecting and preparing an Egyptian contestant for the upcoming competition.       

In a bid to be more inclusive and encompassing, last year, the Miss Universe Organization made the historic decision to no longer limit the contest to single women and, for the first time in 71 years, applicants can be single, married, divorced or mothers.

Miss Universe Bahrain has successfully sent two delegates to the global competition, starting with Miss Universe Bahrain 2021, Manar Nadeem Deyani, who became the first beauty queen to represent Bahrain.

This year will also be the first time Pakistan is represented at Miss Universe.

Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel won the 2022 crown in New Orleans in January.

The 72nd Miss Universe is set to be held in El Salvador to crown the 2023 winner. 

Those who want to participate in Miss Universe Egypt can apply through the website They will have to hold an Egyptian passport and be aged between 18 to 28.

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