Beauty queens celebrate their nuptials after meeting in a pageant

Forget the crown – these beauty queens have the rings.

Mariana Varela and Fabiola Valentín, aka Miss Argentina and Miss Puerto Rico respectively, met while they were both taking part in the Miss Grand International 2020 pageant. On Friday, they got married. The next day, they talked about it on Instagram.

“After deciding to keep our relationship private, we opened these doors on a special day,” they wrote in Spanish on Instagram, sharing their wedding date.

The post included photos and videos showing the women traveling, cuddling, kissing and showing off their wedding and engagement rings. They revealed “I love youor “I love you,” written in red rose petals on a hotel bed.

Also included: snaps of their proposal, which included the balloon message “Marry Me?” covering a decorated window in a room filled with candles and more balloons.

Instagram biographies of the two women say they were among the top 10 contestants in the 2020 competition, which was held in Thailand after being postponed to early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 winner Abena Akuaba from the USA sent her best wishes to the couple, posting in the comments, “Omg congrats MGI put together a beautiful union.”

On Wednesday, both Varela and Valentín posted a photo to their Instagram Stories showing a coffee mug that read, in Spanish, “The best wife in the world.”

“How nice to read every message,” they wrote in Spanish. “Thank you all for your words and good wishes.”

The Miss Grand International 2022 pageant – the 10th annual event – ​​crowned its new winner on October 25 in Indonesia. The bouquet and crown went to Miss Brazil, Isabella Menin. Next year’s competition will be held in Vietnam.

Miss Grand USA is the branch of the pageant that determines the United States’ entry into Miss Grand International. In 2022, it was Miss Colorado, Emily DeMure.

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