The Dominican model and athlete Maria Victoria Bayo Martinez was crowned the new Miss World Dominican Republic 2023 in an act held in the Julio Alberto Hernández Room at the Gran Teatro del Cibao in Santiago de los Caballeros.
María Victoria has a degree in Business Administration, mention International Business and is fluent in English, she also has extensive experience in sport achieving innumerable medals and trophies in athletics, soccer, volleyball, and golf. Her training as a professional model has been hand in hand with one of the great icons of fashion and beauty, Sócrates Mckinney.
The president of the pageant and Dominican fashion designer, Diany Mota, explained during the coronation that after the great achievements in 2022, where all the queens of the Miss World Dominican organization reached the main positions and international titles in this 2023 Miss World Dominican will be crowning two queens.
“After the success of last year, the commitment is even greater and to continue with the same, the preparation time in a queen is essential. For this reason, María Victoria has been appointed after an extensive and internally evaluated selection by experts in the world of beauty”, stressed Mota.
mary victoria will be competing in Miss World 2023, held at the end of the year in the United Arab Emirates, while in the month of September the Miss World Dominican Republic will be held at the Barceló Grand Resort in Punta Cana, where the sovereign who will represent the country in Miss World 2024 will be selected.
“In this way, we are going to have considerable time that will allow us to work hard a year in advance to achieve the results that our country deserves. Crowning María Victoria as the new Miss World Dominican is walking towards sure success. She is a girl with an admirable career and with all the qualities to bring the second Miss World crown to the Dominican Republic”, reaffirmed the director.
The new sovereign of beauty is important in sports, managing to be part of the volleyball teams of Santiago Oeste and the Santiago de los Caballeros team, representing her city in multiple sporting events at the national level.
“I feel extremely excited and grateful for the trust they have placed in me and for the opportunity to undertake this great challenge, which I assume with great enthusiasm, determination and pride. It is a true honor for me to represent the values, joy and beauty of our country. I will certainly do my best to bring the long-awaited second world crown to the Dominican Republic” said Maria Victoria.
Her simplicity, ingenuity and social sensitivity motivated her in 2019 to create and promote her social project “Education through sport”, benefiting hundreds of low-income children and young people on a tour of the entire Cibao, through motivational workshops and sports practices, this being the beauty with purpose that the model performs.
In a night full of emotions, important tributes and special moments, and an emotional farewell to the outgoing queen Emmy Peña and her invaluable work in favor of children and young people with Down Syndrome, the Association of Friends with Down Syndrome staged a special moment where 15 children participated as a thank you for their invaluable work.
The coronation night of Miss World Dominicana 2023, was attended by the singer and violinist Genesis Céspedes, former participant in The Voice Dominicana, and who starred in a special tribute to the social work of the Miss World organization in recent years.
Likewise, there was the artistic participation of a dance group under the direction and costumes of Alex Saviñón, show and choreography by Richard Sosa. The event was hosted by the actress, former Miss Mundo Dominicana and Miss World Caribbean 2016, Yaritza Reyes, under the direction of Pablo Pérez, visual works by Pedro Burgos and graphic line by Jay Aponte.
In the same way, the corona event was sponsored by important brands such as Barceló Hotels and Barceló Grand Resort, Cibao Association of Savings and Loans, Autozama, Bellon SAS, Central Supermarket, Telemicro Media and Telecentro Channel 13, Gran Teatro del Cibao, Denger, All I Want to Be, Soundisco, EGO.
As well as Gran Teatro del Cibao, Josefine Spa, Jardín Constanza, Fusion Experience, Gianina Azar, Nelson Marte Couteur, Diany Mota, Pablo Pérez, Pedro Burgos, Jay Aponte Designer, Grafimarket, Alex Savinon, Richard Sosa, Francina Socias Public Relations, Merlot, Louardos and Samuel Bencosme.
Among the achievements of 2022 by the organization, it is recalled that Emmy Pena, current Miss World Dominican Republic, was crowned Miss World Caribbean, in Miss World 2022, Celinee Santos, current Miss International Dominican Republic, achieved the position of 4th finalist in the Miss International 2022 before 85 candidates and Mariona Juncosa Ramírez, Miss Teen World Rep. Dom, won the international title Miss Teen World 2022.