The 71st Miss Universe Competition - Press Conference (Photo : Getty Images/Jason Kempin)
Anne Jakrajutatip speaks during The 71st Miss Universe Competition at New Orleans Morial Convention Center on January 14, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 72nd Miss Universe Pageant will proceed as planned Saturday in San Salvador, El Salvador, despite reported financial difficulties faced by its Thai owner, JKN Global Group.

Ahead of the finale at the José Adolfo Pineda Arena Saturday, the company said in a statement posted on its website that giving Miss Universe fans a "top-notch experience" remains its top priority.

This confirmation came after reports surfaced that the Thai media company filed for bankruptcy just a week before the grand pageant.