The Miss Universe pageant is changing eligibility criteria for contestants, allowing mothers and married women to participate.
The organisation will allow mums and married women to participate in the competition next year onwards.
According to The National, the organisation memo states it has always strived to evolve with the times and the latest decision is the natural next step.
“We all believe that women should have agency over their lives and that a human’s personal decisions should not be a barrier to their success.”
“The Miss Universe Organisation is always the greatest and most innovative platform of its kind and now it will be more inclusive and welcoming to mothers and married women. For me, this is aligned with what I have been fighting for — breaking stereotypes and unlearning the stigma that the old society has forced on us from many decades ago,” Miss Universe Bahrain national director Josh Yugen said.
It is pertinent to mention here that only single women, aged between 18 and 28, who have never been married or had children were previously allowed to compete in the contest.