Harnaaz Sandhu Becomes Miss Universe 2021: Harnaaz Sandhu of India has made the entire country proud by winning the 70th Miss Universe 2021 pageant in Eilat, Israel. The reigning queen, Andrea Meza of Mexico, handed over the throne to the new heir. Harnaaz was seen celebrating on stage with her fellow contestants after being crowned. "Chak de phatte India, chak de phatte," Harnaaz said, expressing pride in the country's victory.
Harnaaz defeated Paraguay, the first runner-up, and South Africa, the second runner-up. The top three contestants were asked, as part of the final question round, "What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?"
Here's What Harnaaz Sandhu Said After Becoming Miss Universe 2021
Harnaaz responded in her final statement, saying, "Well, I believe that the most significant pressure on today's youth is to believe in themselves. To understand that you are unique and that this is what makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourself to others and start talking about more important things that are going on in the world. This, I believe, is what you need to understand. Come out and speak up for yourself, because you are the mastermind of your own life. You are your own unique voice. I believed in myself, which is why I am here today. Thank you very much."
India had previously won the coveted title twice, with Sushmita Sen winning in 1994 and Lara Dutta winning in 2000. Harnaaz has now joined the ranks of these extraordinary women. The 21-year-old model from Chandigarh has previously won several pageant titles, including LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021 and Femina Miss India Punjab 2019. She has also appeared in films.