Miss Nicaragua Sheynnis Palacios won the Miss Universe competition in El Salvador, becoming the first winner from her country. Palacios, a 23-year-old communicologist, expressed her desire to work on promoting mental health after her own experience with anxiety. Miss Thailand and Miss Australia were the first and second runners-up. The event was an opportunity for President Nayib Bukele to showcase the changes made under his administration, including improvements in the country’s safety. Bukele, who is running for reelection, has faced international criticism for his handling of human rights and erosion of checks and balances on his power.