Harnaaz Sandhu, who represented India at the 70th Miss Universe pageant in 2021, has been crowned Miss Universe 2021. The 21-year-old beauty queen defeated Paraguay and South Africa to win the coveted title in the Eilat, Israel-based competition. Harnaaz has won Miss Universe for the first time in 21 years, which is a huge victory for India.
Sushmita Sen, who was only 18 at the time, was crowned Miss Universe in 1994. Six years later, in 2000, Lara Dutta won the title. Now, 21 years after Lara won the prized championship, Harnaaz Sandhu of Punjab has made the country proud.
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 13, 2021
“What advise would you offer to young ladies watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?” the competitors were asked during the Top 3 round.”
“Well, I believe the greatest pressure on today’s youth is to believe in themselves. To understand that you are unique and that this is what makes you attractive, stop comparing yourself to others and instead focus on more significant global issues. This, I believe, is what you must comprehend. You are the leader of your life, so come out and speak for yourself. You are your own [life’s] voice. I have faith in myself, which is why I’m here today. Harnaaz said.
Harnaaz Sandhu began competing in beauty pageants when she was barely 17 years old. She previously won Miss Diva 2021, Femina Miss India Punjab 2019, and Femina Miss India 2019. She also placed in the Top 12 at Femina Miss India 2019.