Continuing dominance of India at the world's biggest stage of beauty pageant Miss Universe 2023, Divita Rai qualified for the top 16. Miss Universe 2023 kickstarted with contestants from more than 80 participating to win the coveted beauty pageant title. Hailing from Karnataka, Divita Rai represented India at the Miss Universe 2023 and she qualified for the Top 16 based on the votes she got at Miss Universe 2023 App. Notably, India is defending the Miss Universe's crown as in 2022 Harnaaz Sandhu won the title.

Here's Miss Universe 2023 Top 16

Ashley Cariño - Puerto Rico

Mideline Phelizor - Haiti

Monique Riley - Australia

Andreina Martínez Founier - Dominican Republic

Payengxa Lor - Laos

Ndavi Nokeri - South Africa

Telma Madeira - Portugal

Amelia Tu - Canada

Alessia Rovegno Cayo - Peru

Tya Jané Ramey - Trinidad and Tobago

Gabriëla Dos Santos - Curaçao

Miss Universe 2023 Top 16: Payengxa Lor makes history, becomes first pageant to qualify for Laos

Divita Rai - India

Amanda Dudamel - Venezuela

Alicia Faubel - Spain

R'Bonney Gabriel - USA

Maria Fernanda Aristizabal - Colombia

Who is Divita Rai?

Hailing from Karnataka, Divita Rai is an Indian model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe India on 28 August 2022 in Mumbai by outgoing Miss Universe India and Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu. Divita will now represent India at Miss Universe 2022 competition to be held on 14 January 2023. Divita qualified among the top three contestants from Karnataka state attempting to qualify for Femina Miss India 2019. In 2021, she competed in Miss Diva 2021 and finished as the 2nd runner-up to Miss Universe 2021, Harnaaz Sandhu. She also won the sub contest titles of Miss IQ, Miss Lifestyle, and Miss Sudoku during the pageant. Rai was crowned Miss Diva Universe 2022 on August 28 last year by the outgoing titleholder, Harnaaz Sandhu at the Miss Diva Organization's 10th-anniversary gala.

Miss Universe 2023

Miss Universe 2023 held in New Orleans and over 80 delegates from across the globe will be competing for the crown at the Ernest N. Moral Convention Center in the US. Hosts Olivia Culpo and Jeannie Mai Jenkins introduced the night's selection committee, all of whom are women in various industries. The judging panel included Emmy-award-winning journalist and author Myrka Dellanos, sports reporter Emily Austin, Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam, Quido skincare founder Olivia Quido, Viral media PR founder Mara Martin, Roku head of marketing and merchandising Sweta Patel, Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete, and hip hop artist Big Freedia.

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