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Miss Universe mural banned in Nicaragua

San Jose, Nov 21 (EFE).- Nicaraguan authorities Tuesday prohibited two artists from painting a mural in honor of newly crowned Miss Universe Sheynnis Palacios.

Muralists Kevin Laguna Guevara and Oscar Danilo Parrilla Blandon, or Vink Art and Torch Mistico, posted on the social network Tik Tok that authorities banned them from continuing to paint a mural in tribute to the Nicaraguan winner of the beauty pageant.

“The mural is canceled. People took it as a political message,” Torch Mistico wrote, while Vink Art said they could not “continue the mural.”

Torch Mistico also published a photograph on his Instagram account with the mural, in which the face of the new Miss Universe can be seen, and said they were not going to be able to finish it.

“That was the end of the mural. We had the intention of finishing, we kept our word, but the authorities did not allow us to continue,” he said.

The mural, which had the permission of the owner of a private property in the city of Esteli, 149 kilometers north of the capital Managua, was painted over white, according to the artist.

Nicaragua’s government, which celebrated Palacio’s triumph Sunday, has not commented on the matter.

The 23 year old, who graduated in social communication from the closed Jesuit Universidad Centroamericana, in Managua, where she played volleyball, is the first Nicaraguan and Central American to win Miss Universe, whose 2023 edition was held Saturday in El Salvador.

Palacios worked, before her coronation, as host and presenter of a program on Nicaraguan television that addresses mental health topics, born from her personal experience in which she learned to cope with anxiety.

She is the daughter of a single mother and sold buñuelos, a sweet dessert made from cassava with curd or cheese and honey, together with her mother’s family to help pay for her university studies.

When asked, along with the other two finalists, what woman’s shoes she could live in for a year, she said 18th century English writer and thinker Mary Wollstonecraft, considered one of the pioneers of feminism.EFE

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