Excitement is building in the fashion world as the 72nd Miss Universe pageant approaches, set to take place in El Salvador on November 18. Contestants from over 90 countries will vie for the prestigious crown, hoping to succeed R’Bonney Gabriel from the United States. India’s representative for the Miss Universe 2023 competition is 23-year-old Shweta Sharda, who earned her spot by winning the Miss Diva Universe 2023 crown in Mumbai back in August. All eyes are on the upcoming event as the world awaits the crowning of the next Miss Universe.
Who Is Shweta Sharda?
Shweta Sharda was born in Chandigarh on May 24, 2000. She was raised by a single mother and moved to Mumbai when she was 16 years old to pursue a career in modelling. She later graduated from the Indira Gandhi National Open University in Delhi.
Shweta Sharda is known to be a good dancer and has participated in several dance reality series, including Dance Deewane, Dance+, and Dance India Dance. She also appeared as a choreographer on the celebrity dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
She has worked with some popular names in the industry, including Deepika Padukone, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Mouni Roy, Vaibhavi Merchant, and Madhuri Dixit.
Shweta Sharda has been featured in a music video for the song Mast Aankhein alongside Shantanu Maheshwari. According to Femina, she is a strong advocate for improved education, equal opportunities, and self-defence skills for women.
In the preliminary gala of the pageant that commenced on Wednesday, November 15, Shweta Sharda dazzled the audience with her captivating appearance during the National Costume Round. Adorned in an intricately embroidered gold outfit, designed by Nidhi Yasha, Shweta Sharda showcased a regal embroidered blouse paired with an elaborately decorated traditional skirt. The ensemble included a lotus halo as a headpiece, and the lower section featured intricate peacock feather embroidery. The costume’s design played with contrasts, incorporating a flowing organza skirt and a dramatic, lengthy trail that struck a perfect balance between stiffness and fluidity.
As per a report by the Hindustan Times, personal statements, in-depth interviews, and presentations in evening dresses and swimwear will be used to judge the contestants. The contenders will compete for the coveted title based on these criteria. Further, in India, the final competition of the Miss Universe pageant will begin at 6:30 a.m. on November 19, according to Indian Standard Time, on Miss Universe’s YouTube channel and X account. In the United States, the Telemundo channel will broadcast the event in Spanish, and the Roku channel will stream it.