Miss Colombia Camila Avella will represent Colombia in the Miss Universe pageant on November 18, 2023, in El Salvador. This year is particularly significant in the history of the pageant as Avella is the first married woman and mother to compete at this level. Her entry into the competition marks a progressive step in the pageant world, reflecting a broader acceptance and celebration of diverse life experiences.
Avella’s Road to the Pageant
Avella’s early life was marked by her passion for field tennis, and she represented Casanare in various national and international tournaments. Her academic pursuits led her to Sergio Arboleda University, where she studied social communication and journalism. This blend of sports and academics shaped her into a multifaceted individual, bringing a unique perspective to her later endeavors in pageantry. Proudly representing Casanare, Avella is the first from this Colombian region to win the Miss Universe Colombia title.
Her journey to the Miss Universe stage has been marked by determination and adaptability. After an unsuccessful bid in 2018 to enter Miss Colombia, she returned to the pageant scene in 2023, bringing with her the added experiences and perspectives of marriage and motherhood. These roles have added depth to her candidacy, showcasing a blend of personal and professional growth.
Emphasis on Mental Health
Avella places a strong emphasis on the importance of mental health, especially in high-pressure environments like beauty pageants. She advocates for emotional resilience and a positive outlook, recognizing the mental and emotional challenges that come with competitive pursuits. Her advocacy in this area highlights the need for a holistic approach to personal development, one that values mental well-being alongside physical and professional achievements.
The Miss Universe 2023 preliminary competition, a precursor to the grand finale in El Salvador, saw Camila making a significant impact. During the evening gown segment of the preliminaries, Avella presented herself in a simple yet elegant light-colored dress adorned with sparkles. Her commitment to eco-conscious initiatives was also highlighted, as evidenced by her creation of recyclable toys for her daughter.
Despite a strong showing, Avella did not make it to the ‘silver finalists’ announced at the end of the night, which included contestants from Angola, Brazil, Chile, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe. However, Avella’s participation in Miss Universe 2023 continues to garner interest, with another preliminary round featuring traditional costumes scheduled for the upcoming days.
Miss Universe 2023: A Global Spectacle
The 72nd Miss Universe pageant is set to be a grand event, taking place this weekend. It will feature contestants from 85 countries, all vying for the prestigious title. The pageant is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2023.
The pageant will be hosted by former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, along with TV presenters Jeannie Mai Jenkins and Maria Menounos. The event will also feature a live musical performance by 12-time Grammy winner John Legend.
For those eager to witness this spectacle, the Miss Universe 2023 pageant will be accessible to viewers in the United States on The Roku Channel and Telemundo. The event is set to start at 8 PM Eastern Time (ET)/5 PM Pacific Time (PT), allowing audiences across different time zones to tune in.