Miss Universe President Paula Shugart Bids Farewell After 25 Years
After 25 years at the helm of the Miss Universe competition, President Paula Shugart has announced her departure, bidding goodbye to pageant fans in a heartfelt speech at the end of the National Costume Show on Friday night.
In her speech, Shugart expressed her gratitude and love for the Miss Universe brand, acknowledging the dedication of fans, title holders, and national directors who have remained committed to the competition.
“I have decided this Saturday will be my last show, and to be clear, this decision has been months in the making, and it is not in response to recent events,” Shugart said, emphasizing that her decision to step down has been carefully considered.
She also encouraged women to use their voices and make a difference in the world, highlighting the importance of the Miss Universe platform in empowering women.
The announcement comes ahead of the 72nd Miss Universe Competition, set to take place in El Salvador on Nov. 18 (Nov. 19 Manila time). As Shugart prepares to pass the torch to new leadership, she expressed her pride in being a part of the Miss Universe community and emphasized the need for continued love, support, and investment in the brand.
Shugart’s departure marks the end of an era for the Miss Universe competition, as fans and contestants prepare to celebrate the culmination of her legacy at the upcoming event in El Salvador.