Beauty queens Miss Argentina and Miss Puerto Rico secretly marry

Former beauty queens Mariana Varela of Argentina and Fabiola Valentín of Puerto Rico announced their marriage on Instagram on Oct. 30, 2022. Instagram / @fabiolavalentinpr

This new power couple is certified gorgeous.

Former Miss Argentina Mariana Varela and former Miss Puerto Rico Fabiola Valentín announced their surprise marriage on Instagram Sunday.

Prior to the announcement, the two pageant queens had not been publicly dating.

The newlyweds posted a joint reel to both of their Instagram accounts, where they shared several clips of them travelling, lounging on the beach and kissing in front of a courthouse in San Juan, Puerto Rico, dressed in their stylish white attire.

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The video also features a clip of a well-decorated room with gold and silver balloons spelling out “Marry me?” The couple exchanged rings and a kiss in front of the balloons.

As of this writing, the reel has been viewed 4.2 million times.

“After deciding to keep our relationship private, we opened the doors on a special day,” the pair captioned the post. They also shared a date, Oct. 28, 2022, which is believed to be their wedding date.

Varela, 26, and Valentín, 22, met in Thailand in March 2021 during the Miss Grand International beauty pageant. Neither woman won the pageant, but both placed in the top 10.

Valentín shared photos of the pair after the competition and wrote, “One of the great gifts in this experience was your friendship, walking this process with you was a special and real one. I miss you, my girl @marianajvarela.”

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Congratulations and kudos for the newly married couple poured in on social media.

Ghanaian singer and beauty queen Abena Akuaba congratulated the pair in the comments of their post, writing “Omg congratulations MGI brought together a beautiful union.”

Filipino beauty queen and TV personality Samantha Bernardo also commented: “Omg! Congratulations sisters! Lovelovelove!”

On Thursday, the official Miss Universe Instagram account acknowledged Varela and Valentín on its Instagram story.

Same-sex marriage is legal in both Puerto Rico and Argentina.

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Argentina legalized gay marriage in 2010, while Puerto Rico followed a few years later, making same-sex marriage legal in 2015. Argentina was the first country in Latin America to recognize gay marriage.

Here’s to the newlyweds!

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