Thailand’s contestant, Anntonia Porsild, gained attention during the Miss Universe 2023 pageant for her viral answer in the final round of questions. Porsild was asked who she would choose to live one year in another woman’s shoes, and she responded by saying she would choose Malala Yousafzai. Porsild praised Yousafzai for her fight for women’s education and the empowerment of women to be agents of change. She expressed admiration for Yousafzai’s resilience and leadership qualities.
In addition to Porsild, the other finalists were also asked the same question. Sheynnis Palacios from Nicaragua chose Mary Wollstonecraft, a British writer and philosopher, as her role model for opening the doors to women’s rights. Australian contestant Moraya Wilson mentioned her mother as the woman she would like to live as for a year, citing her strength and the valuable life lessons she has taught her.
The Miss Universe pageant, held in the Central American country for the first time since 1975, showcased the intelligence and poise of the contestants as they answered thought-provoking questions. These answers highlighted the contestants’ appreciation for influential women and their commitment to empowering women globally.