The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is reportedly making a rule change that beginning in 2023, the Organization will allow mothers and married women to compete in the prestigious beauty pageant.
The news was first reported by pageant analysts Missosology, who shared via Facebook a portion of an email sent by MUO CEO Amy Emmerich on August 5.
The email reads, "As you know, the Miss Universe Organization has always strived to evolve with the challenging times to best represent and support women globally. Since I arrived at the organization in January 2022, I have been evaluating our processes, procedures, and rules regarding eligibility, to ensure they represented the brand’s values. Paula, President of the Organization, has been with me on this journey. As part of the next step of our evolution, we have implemented the following changes…"
"Effective with the 72nd Miss Universe competition and national preliminary competitions leading up to it, women who are or have been married, as well as women who are pregnant or have children, will be able to compete," the email continued.
The MUO CEO added that they began conducting surveys with their audience and directors early this year, and the feedback they received was "overwhelming." The email indicated, "We all believe women should have agency over their lives, and that a human's personal decisions should not be a barrier to their success." The MUO CEO also referenced data that showed that globally, the average age of marriage for women and first-time pregnancy begins at 21.
As of this writing, neither the Miss Universe Philippines Organization nor the MUO has made an official announcement regarding the reported rule change.
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