Accusations and Resignation
In a recent post on Instagram, Karen Celebertti, the director of the Miss Nicaragua pageant, revealed her resignation without directly addressing the accusations leveled against her. This decision comes after the country's national police charged Celebertti, along with her husband and son, with conspiracy and treason. They stand accused of involvement in a plot to overthrow the Nicaraguan government. Celebertti, a prominent figure who has led Nicaragua's Miss Universe franchise for over two decades, made the announcement via her Instagram account.
Support from Miss Universe Owner
Anne Jakrajutatip, the owner of Miss Universe and founder of JKN Global Group, voiced her support for Celebertti following her resignation. Jakrajutatip thanked Celebertti for her bravery, strength, and decisiveness. She acknowledged Celebertti's belief in women's potential and her unwavering fight against all odds. Jakrajutatip's support highlights the value she places on the transparency and integrity of their pageant.
Charges Linked to Anti-Government Unrest
The charges against Celebertti are rooted in a period of anti-government unrest in 2018, when Nicaraguans protested changes to their social security system. Human rights organizations estimate that at least 355 people lost their lives as authorities cracked down on these demonstrations. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government labeled the protests as "terrorism" and an "attempted coup." In a statement, the police also claimed Celebertti used beauty pageants as political traps, financed by foreign agents.
A Historic Win Amidst Controversy
This controversy unfolded following Sheynnis Palacios' groundbreaking win as Miss Nicaragua at the Miss Universe 2023 pageant hosted in El Salvador. Palacios became the first representative from Central America to secure the coveted title, garnering immense pride and hope for the Nicaraguan people. Celebertti emphasized her commitment to fostering talent and beauty across the country, expressing her belief in the potential of every Nicaraguan.
International Response and Detention
Despite the charges and Celebertti's resignation, the Miss Universe Organization stands by its partners, affirming the importance of transparency and integrity. The organization aims to seek a peaceful resolution to the issues raised by the Nicaraguan government while ensuring the safety of all involved. As the situation escalates, Celebertti remains in Mexico, while her husband and son have been detained in Nicaragua since November 27. Neither Celebertti nor the government has responded to requests for comment.
A Future Forged by Women
As this evolving story unfolds, Nicaragua faces a critical junction in its history. The country must come together to support Sheynnis Palacios and Karen Celebertti as they advocate for a future shaped by women. It is an opportunity to celebrate Nicaragua's beautiful culture and its resilient people.