Miss India bags the Miss Universe 2021 crown

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Miss India during the preliminary in the Miss Universe 2021
Miss India during the preliminary in the 70th annual Miss Universe 2021 competition in Eilat, Israel.

EILAT, ISRAEL — Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu, 21, took home the crown in the Miss Universe 2021 competition, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021 (Monday, December 13th PH time), at Universe Dome, Eilat, Israel.

Beating out the runners-up Miss Paraguay and Miss South Africa, the Miss Universe 2021 Miss India made India proud as she became the third woman to bring her country the most-coveted Miss Universe crown so far; Sushmita Sen in 1994 held in the Philippines, and Lara Dutta in 2000 held in Cyprus.

During the top 5 question-and-answer phase, Miss India was asked what she would do to convince people to take climate change seriously. With eloquence, she said she felt sad to see nature going through a lot of problems and also felt that this is the time to take action and talk less. “Because each action could either kill or save nature,” Harnaaz continued as she finally pointed out “prevent and protect” is better than “repent and repair.”

Miss India top 3 Q&A in the Miss Universe 2021
Miss India during the top 5 Q&A in the Miss Universe 2021

Meanwhile, in her final statement for the top 3, she said the biggest pressure the youth of today is facing is believing in themselves. Harnaaz further said, “To know that you are unique and that what makes you beautiful…” She also said to speak out and be the voice of their own.

The Miss Universe 2021 winner’s favorite actor is Priyanka Chopra, the Miss World 2000 winner, and in her spare time, she enjoys yoga, dancing, cooking, horse riding, and playing chess along with her friends. Harnaaz believes in the saying. “Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.”

Harnaaz Sandhu, India’s representative in the 2021 Miss Universe, also won the title Miss Diva Universe in October 2021.

The 70th annual Miss Universe competition was hosted by Steve Harvey, joined by 80 delegates, and composed of 9 personalities to sit on the selection committee, in which Filipino multi-awarded actress and host Marian Rivera was one of the committee members.

However, this 70th Miss Universe held in Israel was marred by political row controversies prompting a few countries to withdraw from sending their delegates to the competition. Barbados, Belize, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Uruguay were countries that withdraw from the pageant. Yet, Miss South Africa, the 2nd Runner-up, joined the competition despite her country’s withdrawal and call to boycott the event. RQJ

Miss Universe 2021 Finals

Harnaaz Sandhu of Miss India is the 2021 Miss Universe
Harnaaz Sandhu of Miss India is the 2021 Miss Universe. Photo: missuniverse Instagram

Miss Universe 2021 — Miss India
1st Runner-up — Miss Paraguay
2nd Runner-up — Miss South Africa

Miss Universe 2021 Top 3 Candidates
Top 3 Candidates Photo: missuniverse Instagram

Top 3

  1. Miss South Africa
  2. Miss India
  3. Miss Paraguay

Top 5

  1. Miss India
  2. Miss South Africa
  3. Miss Paraguay
  4. Miss Colombia
  5. Miss Philippines

Top 10

  1. Miss Paraguay
  2. Miss Puerto Rico
  3. Miss United States
  4. Miss India
  5. Miss South Africa
  6. Miss Bahamas
  7. Miss Philipppines
  8. Miss France
  9. Miss Colombia
  10. Miss Aruba

Top 16

  1. Miss France — Clemence Botino
  2. Miss Colombia — Valeria Maria Ayos Bossa
  3. Miss Singapore — Nandita Banna
  4. Miss Panama — Brenda Smith Lezama
  5. Miss Puerto Rico — Michelle Marie Colon Ramirez
  6. Miss Bahamas — Chantel O’Brian
  7. Miss Japan — Juri Watanabe
  8. Miss Great Britain — Emma Collingridge
  9. Miss United States — Elle Smith
  10. Miss India — Harnaaz Sandhu
  11. Miss Vietnam — Nguyen Huynh Kim Duyen
  12. Miss Aruba — Thessaly Zimmerman
  13. Miss Paraguay — Nadia Ferreira
  14. Miss Philippines — Beatrice Luigi Gomez
  15. Miss Venezuela — Luiseth Emiliana Materan Bolaño
  16. Miss South Africa — Lalela Lali Mswane

Miss Universe 2021 Special Awardees

Best National Costume — Miss Nigeria Maristella Okpala
Spirit of Carnival Award — Miss Bahamas Chantel O’Brian
Social Impact Award — Miss Chile Antonia Figueroa

Have a quick look at Miss India during her bouts at the 70th annual Miss Universe 2021 competition. Some photos are taken from Miss India’s Instagram harnaazsandhu_03.

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