Spain’s Athenea Pérez Named Miss Congeniality at Miss Universe Pageant

Athenea Pérez is celebrating a special honor at this year’s Miss Universe pageant.

While she didn’t claim the title, the 27-year-old Spanish model and beauty pageant titleholder was named the 2023 Miss Congeniality.

Athenea Pérez, Miss Spain, Miss Universe, Miss Congeniality,She won the honor after delegates voted for the competitor who inspired her peers with kindness, positivity and enthusiasm. I

In remarks shared by hosts Zuri Hall and Catriona Gray, Pérez said that “her biggest fear this week was forgetting this was a competition because she was so busy socializing and making friends.”

As the delegate of Spain to the Miss Universe pageant, Pérez became the first woman of black descent to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant.

Athenea Pérez, Miss Spain, Miss Universe, Miss Congeniality,Pérez was born to a Spanish father and an Equatorial Guinean mother.

“I believe that diversity is the future and I’m an example of it,” Pérez said in an interview segment. “Currently, I’m collaborating with children’s villages with immigrant mothers and single-parent households because I was raised by a single mother who is an immigrant and black woman.” She continued, “I know that my story can help to inspire other people. Diversity is here, and diversity is now — it’s today.”

She finished as one of the Top 10 finalists in the pageant.

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