Engineer Ana Marcelo is the new Miss Nicaragua

On Saturday night, Ana Marcelo, 23, an agroindustrial engineer from Estelí, was crowned Miss Nicaragua in front of a limited audience (two people per contestant safely spaced) plus a production team of 85 people. The masks were off the contestants, but the judges wore them and they were separated at a safe distance.

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Ana Marcelo, an agro-industrial engineer from the city of Estelí, center right, reacts after being elected Miss Nicaragua, in Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

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There were portable stations for hand washing and doctors taking temperatures.

Celebertti, herself a former local beauty queen, said they had to “reinvent themselves” to get there. The new coronavirus arrived in March a few days after the contestants had been selected. It was delayed from May to August to develop protocols that would allow them to compete safely.

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Contestants wait on the side of the stage at the Miss Nicaragua pageant, in Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Contestants wait on the side of the stage at the Miss Nicaragua pageant, in Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

AP / Alfredo Zuniga

“We had tests and classes through Zoom, supervised by me from home,” said Celebertti. “The girls had a speech coach, an image consultant, and online stylists who taught them how to do their own hair and makeup. There was no other option, “she said.

In July, they had their first in-person practices, they walked the runway in masks. “Every session was supervised by doctors and no one got infected,” he said.

Unlike the massive religious and sporting events allowed and even promoted by the government during the pandemic, the pageant decided to dispense with the usual boisterous audience that cheered its support for women.

“Some criticized me for doing this event, but we were very careful to do it,” said Celebertti. “The truth is that people need to see good news, be entertained.”

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Attendees watched the Miss Nicaragua pageant, in Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday, August 8, 2020. The limited audience consisted of two safely spaced people per contestant, plus a production crew of 85.

Attendees watched the Miss Nicaragua pageant, in Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday, August 8, 2020. The limited audience consisted of two safely spaced people per contestant, plus a production crew of 85.

AP / Alfredo Zuniga

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