Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021, makes India proud after 21 years

In the 70th Miss Universe 2021, 21-year-old Punjabi lass Harnaaz Sandhu bagged the crown, exactly 21 years after Lara Dutta was crowned for the coveted title. Competing with her int eh semi-finale were Paraguay and South Africa, however she managed to edge them out and win the crown.

Andrea Meza, former Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico crowned Harnaaz at the event which was streamed live globally.

The first runner up was Paraguay and the second was South Africa.

In the Top 5 round, she was asked about climate change, “”Many people think climate change is a hoax, what would you do to convince them otherwise?”

She replied with aplomb, “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 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.”

In the top 3 round, the contestants were asked “What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?”

Harnaaz’s reply to the question seemed to have won over the hearts of the judges. She said, “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.”

This answer brought her the position in the Top 3.