The 21-year-old Harnaaz Sandhu from Punjab represented India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021 which was held at Eilat, Israel. She brought home the crown 21 years after Lara Dutta who won it in 2021.
Harnaaz Sandhu was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico. The event was live-streamed globally.
The first runner-up was Nadia Ferreira from Paraguay and the second runner-up was Lalela Mswane from South Africa.
The official announcement of Harnaaz’s win was made via Instagram. It was posted on the official Instagram account of Miss Universe Organisation. A clip of the glorious moment from the event held in Israel was shared.
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The clip shows Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza crowning Harnaaz who was quite emotional at the moment. “The new Miss Universe is…India,” read the caption.
Miss Universe Contest
As a part of the top three round a quest was asked to the contestants. The question was, “What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?"
To this, Harnaaz replied, “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."
In the top 5 round, she was asked, “Many people think climate change is a hoax, what would you do to convince them otherwise?"
Harnaaz impressed everyone with her answer, "My heart breaks to see how nature is going through a lot of problems, and it is all due to our irresponsible behaviour. I totally feel that this is the time to take action and talk less. Because our each action could save or kill nature. Prevent and protect is better than repent and repair and this is what I am trying to convince you guys today." This answer brought her to top 3.
Who Is Harnaaz Sandhu?
Harnaaz is a 21-year old model from Chandigarh. She did schooling and college in Chandigarh only. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Public Administration. She has been in the industry for quite a few years and has even won many beauty pageants.
She started her beauty pageant journey back in 2017 with Times Fresh Face. She won the title of Times Fresh Face Chandigarh 2017, Miss Max Emerging Star India 2018 and Femina Miss India Punjab 2019. Along with this, she has starred in Punjabi films like Yaara Diyan Poo Baran and Bai Ji Kuttange.
Harnaaz Sandhu made our nation proud with her historic win after 21 years. We wish her good luck and lots of success for her future.