Speaking exclusively to this medium, the former Miss Universe El Salvador 2020 revealed details about the announcement that the country will be the next venue for this competition.
Miss Universe has a presence in most countries around the world thanks to a well-structured franchise system that has grown steadily since its inception in 1952.
Currently, the Thai multinational conglomerate JKN Global Group owns the Miss Universe brand. The companies managed by Anne Jakkaphong are responsible for the maintenance, trading and planning of the activities and needs of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA title holders.
In El Salvador, Mr. Carlos Jimenez is the owner of the Miss Universe franchise. He is responsible for organizing the El Salvador Reign competition, from which the country’s representative for the international competition is derived. “I don’t know if he will have the franchise next year, but if he does, he would be responsible for organizing the contest to re-elect the national representative,” explains Vanessa Velásquez.
Vanessa Velásquez shared some photos from her visit to the Presidential House on her Instagram account. Illustrative and non-commercial images: https://www.instagram.com/p/CncZs6iOhci/
According to the ex-beauty queen, all local investors become part of the organizing committee, they are the ones who take part in the decisions as they give their resources to the pageant. “I think there will be a different approach this year because the government will certainly get involved, they will invest in the candidate and in the organization so that things are done differently,” says Vanessa.
“I think there will be a different approach this year because the government will certainly get involved, they will invest in the candidate and in the organization so that things are done differently,” says Vanessa.
After taking the initiative with the Presidential House, the government did not contact Vanessa Velásquez again to pursue her proposal and work with her to host Miss Universe in El Salvador.
As for receiving the President’s announcement, Vanessa assures that she found out that same Saturday during the broadcast of the Miss Universe coronation in New Orleans. “I didn’t expect it, I thought the idea was scrapped because our country has other priorities. When I saw the ad I jumped up and my first reaction was to Facetime my parents and tell them “I can’t believe we were fulfilled” because my dad had a lot to do with making this possible , he said these ideas in my head when I represented El Salvador. They were part of this idea and gave it shape. The second thing I did was join Gazu on the call and we were still impressed. I remember telling him, “we planted this seed”.
In 2020, Vanessa Velásquez was selected from 11 candidates to take the crown as the most beautiful woman in El Salvador. The former sovereign of the Salvadorian beauty has a degree in integrated marketing communications. She represented the country at Miss Universe 2020. Illustrative and non-commercial image: Instagram.com/vanevelasquez1
For Vanessa Velásquez, the country has already made enough “noise” to attract the attention of beauty keepers and is now beginning to be recognized around the world as the next Miss Universe venue.
A journalistic note from media outlet Diario Libre reveals that the Dominican Republic turned down the proposal to host the Miss Universe pageant because it had to contribute $10 million. In El Salvador, it is not known under what conditions the Miss Universe Organization chose the country for its next beauty pageant.
“I tell the next Miss Universe El Salvador to prepare, to be persistent. You can have the dream, but if we don’t work for it, it won’t come true. I had moments of crying, frustration and tension when I was at Miss Universe,” Vanessa confesses and advises.
He also doesn’t see a problem with Salvadoran society having conservative nuances when it comes to dissident gender identities, given that Miss Universe brand owner Anne Jakkaphong identifies as a trans woman. “On the contrary, it is now practiced in all parts of the world,” says Vanessa. “Acceptance is something very important, even Pope Francis said that we must love our brothers no matter what they are, love and accept, it’s in our nature,” he argues.
“My message is that we prepare to have those smiles ready, to have those hugs and those open arms for the people who come, just to be ourselves and show who we are. It’s our time to shine, to show that we’re a safe place, that we welcome everyone with love and that our economy is thriving,” invites Vanessa.