Miss India Crowned Miss Universe 2021

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Miss India wins Miss Universe global pageant.
Miss India wins Miss Universe global pageant.

Harnaaz Sandheu, AKA Miss India, has officially been crowned the new Miss Universe 2021.

Harnaaz Sandhu was officially named Miss Universe 2021 at the international pageant held in Eilat, Israel.

The 21-year-old from Punjab beat close competitors from Paraguay and South Africa to win the crown.

She was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, former Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico at the event which was live-streamed globally.

The two runners-up included Paraguay and South Africa, respectively.

India's Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021
India’s Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021.

During the top three round, contestants were asked to answer the question: what advice woudl you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressure they face today?

Harnaaz responded by saying, “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.”

The model and actress was crowned Miss India 2021 in October this year, beginning her beauty pageant journey with Times Fresh Face back in 2017, according to the Times of India.

Harnaaz Sandheu is pursuing her masters’s degree in Public Administration and works as a part-time actor, starring in a number of Punjabi films.