NEW ORLEANS – The City of New Orleans announced today that it will host the 71st MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant on Saturday, January 14, 2023. The international event will take place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“The City of New Orleans and the Miss Universe Organization share common values ​​of celebrating inclusion, culture and the empowerment of women,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “Former Miss Universe delegates and winners have gone on to become surgeons, diplomats, politicians and business leaders, and they are all championing social causes close to their hearts. Hosting this event demonstrates the significant global impact that a international city like New Orleans has on the tourist and cultural scenes of the world.We are honored to host the 71st Annual Miss Universe Pageant and show people around the world why New Orleans is the best in the world in the world. organization of major events, festivals, conferences and conventions with an absolutely unparalleled culture.

“There’s no place like New Orleans. This vibrant city has been at the top of our guest list for some time due to its rich cultural history, as well as its arts, entertainment and entertainment scene. unique culinary experience,” said Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe organization. “I can’t wait for our delegates around the world to experience all that this has to offer.”

The highly anticipated event will feature nearly 90 women from around the world vying for the position of Miss Universe, through the process of personal statements, in-depth interviews and various categories, including evening dress and swimwear. of bath. The evening will culminate with the 70th Miss Universe, Harnaaz Sandhu, who brought the title back to India for the first time in 21 years, crowning her successor.

“My time as Miss Universe has been an incredible experience and I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve received through this platform,” said Sandhu. “I am very happy to crown the next defending champion in New Orleans and to begin her reign in such an exciting and special city known for its resilience, music and great celebrations.”

“Hosting the 71st annual Miss Universe Pageant is a rare and prestigious opportunity to positively showcase New Orleans to a global audience in 165 countries and territories,” said Walt Leger III, executive vice president and new CEO of New Orleans & Company. “Miss Universe will bring contestants and their delegations from 90 countries, fans, judges and celebrity entertainers, and hundreds of global journalists and influencers to New Orleans for over a week to support our businesses and enjoy our culture.”

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James C. Tibbs