The President, Silverbird Group, Guy Murray-Bruce has encouraged women between the ages 18 and 28 to go out and register for the 2023 Miss Universe Nigeria contest.
Murray-Bruce made this statement in his speech on Friday at the unveiling of the maiden edition of Miss Universe Nigeria contest, an all-inclusive pageant, open to young Nigerian women.
Interestingly, the 2023 Miss Universe Nigeria contest is open to women irrespective of marital status, body type, colour, height or weight.
Speaking on the difference between the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) and the Miss Universe Nigeria contest, he revealed that the beauty pageant this time would become two independent entities.
In his words: “We are very proud to announce a new dawn and bold step in the history of pageantry in Nigeria with the separation of the two pageantry into two independent entities.
“For several past editions, the overall winner of the Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria goes on to represent Nigeria internationally at Miss World, while the first runner up goes on to participate at Miss Universe.
“However, the participation criteria of Miss Universe has evolved over time in comparison to other pageants.
“Silverbird Productions is proud to announce that going forward; Miss Universe Nigeria will be a separate, distinct and unique pageantry that will stand alone
“We strongly believe this will give it the prominence it truly deserves, as well as give even more young aspiring ladies the chance to fulfill their dreams.
“Participants can now either be single ladies, married women, single mothers or divorced, and they can be of any size, whether slender or plus size.”
On the criteria to qualify for the contest, he said a contestant must have the looks, passion, eloquence, intelligence and confidence to step up and stand out on the world stage, and represent Nigeria internationally.
As part of the unveiling, a website: www.missuniversenigeria.org was unveiled as organisers of the pageant stated that the 2023 maiden Miss Universe will be held in September with series of activities building up to the finale with official opening of the.
On details for intending contestants, Murray-Bruce said, “Participants can now effectively start their journey to history by logging onto the website and registering for a fee of N15,000.
“Registration and payment will only be on the website as there will be no physical forms sold. The winner stands to win lots of amazing prizes including a car, cash and endorsement deals.
“However, the main prize is the chance to represent Nigeria internationally alongside several other ladies at Miss Universe holding in the beautiful country of El Salvador in December.
“Those who have contested for this title before can attest that there is no greater reward than the chance to represent your country on a global stage.”