India’s Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021
New Delhi : Harnaaz Sandhu has been named the new Miss Universe 2021.
She was representing India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021, held in Eilat, Israel. The 21-year-old girl from Punjab has brought the crown home 21 years after Lara Dutta won the title in 2000.
To win the crown she edged out contestants from Paraguay and South Africa.
Sandhu was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, former Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico at the event which was live-streamed globally.
The first and second runners up in the event were from Paraguay and South Africa respectively.
As part of the top three rounds, the contestants were asked, "What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today"
To this, Harnaaz said, "The biggest pressure the youth of today is facing, is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let's talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. Come out, speak for yourself, because you are the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that is why I am standing here today."
Earlier, Harnaaz was crowned Miss Universe India 2021 in October.