Miss Universe 2021: Harnaaz Sandhu brings the crown to India after 21 years!

The 21-year-old from Punjab won the competition, beating out Nadia Ferreira of Paraguay and Lalela Mswane of South Africa.

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Harnaaz Sandhu of India is the new Miss Universe, 21 years after Lara Dutta of India was crowned Miss Universe in 2000. Ms Sandhu represented India in Eilat, Israel, at the 70th Miss Universe 2021 pageant.

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The 21-year-old from Punjab won the competition, beating out Nadia Ferreira of Paraguay and Lalela Mswane of South Africa. Andrea Meza, former Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico, presented Ms Sandhu with the crown.

Only two Indians have won the Miss Universe title before the Chandigarh-based model: actresses Sushmita Sen in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000.

When asked what advise she would provide to young women dealing with the difficulties they experience, Ms Sandhu responded calmly, “The biggest pressure the youth of today is facing is to believe in themselves, to know that you are unique and that’s what makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that’s happening worldwide.”

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“This is what you need to understand. Come out, speak for yourselves because you are the leader of your life, you are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that’s why I am standing here today,” Ms Sandhu said with aplomb.

 


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