For my first Miss Universe-related blog entry this 2023, I thought it best to give the daily spotlight on Miss Universe Puerto Rico Ashley Ann Cariño Barreto who is being seen by many as the thoroughbred-to-beat in this month’s celebration of beauty in New Orleans, Louisiana. And I don’t see why not. She is setting the bar high enough for the majority not to hang on and keep up with her.
28 year-old Ashley is an alumna of Miss USA when she represented the state of Florida last year and landed 2nd Runner-Up to Elle Smith of Kentucky. Will the stars align in her favor as she represents Puerto Rico in the 71st Miss Universe? Watch her official 1-on-1 clip below.
The past days and week saw some of the Miss USA 2022 candidates mudslinging the competition for allegedly favoring R’Bonney Gabriel right from the very beginning. This is nothing new to the most jaded or the most interested pageant netizens. But let’s hear it straight from Miss USA 2022 herself in an interview with E News below.
After the clip below, do watch Miss USA 2021 Elle Smith defending the same pageant from all the nasty allegations.
Congratulations to the new Miss USA – Elle Smith of Kentucky!
Elle will represent the US of A in Eilat, Israel for Miss Universe.
Congratulations are in order for Kataluna Enriquez for winning the Miss Nevada USA 2021 state pageant – the first Filipina-American transgender to do so.
She will now compete in Miss USA 2021 this coming Fall.
A Happy #Pride Month indeed!
Watch her full performance below.