Miss Universe 2023 shatters stereotypes: Nepal’s Jane Dipika Garrett creates history as 1st plus-size model
Jane Dipika Garrett from Nepal has emerged as the trailblazer, making history as the first plus-size model to grace the Miss Universe stage.
In a groundbreaking turn of events, Jane Dipika Garrett from Nepal has emerged as the trailblazer, making history as the first plus-size model to grace the Miss Universe stage. As the competition witnesses a diverse lineup, Garrett, at 22, has become a crowd favorite, captivating audiences during the preliminary rounds held on November 15 in El Salvador.
Jane Dipika Garrett’s entry into the prestigious pageant has stirred both excitement and controversy, challenging conventional norms. The 22-year-old, who is of American descent, proudly advocates for body positivity. In an interview with Hola magazine, she expressed, “As a curvy woman who doesn’t follow certain beauty standards, I’m here to represent all women.”
Her journey is not only a personal triumph but also a significant stride for body positivity and representation in a realm often associated with rigid standards of beauty. Reflecting on her own transformation, Garrett shared, “A few years ago, I was a very insecure person and had very low self-esteem. Now, I love myself, and that’s success to me.”
Joining Garrett in the historic lineup are Miss Portugal Marina Machete and Miss Netherlands Rikkie Kolle, marking the first appearance of transgender women in the Miss Universe competition. Additionally, Miss Guatemala Michelle Cohn and Miss Camila Avella will break new ground as the first married women and mothers to compete in the pageant.