Miss Universe Winner 2021

On 13 December 2021, Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu has been crowned Miss Universe 2021 at a grand event in Israel’s southern Red Sea coastal city of Eilat. It is the 70th Miss Universe beauty pageant.

Miss Universe 2021

Miss Universe 2021

Harnaaz Sandhu’s rise from the initial pool of 80 contestants to the smaller brackets of 16, 10, 5, and then the top three hadn’t been an easy affair. She had been Miss Chandigarh 2017 and Miss Max Emerging Star India 2018, but becoming Miss Universe is like a dream come true for her. And she expressed her happiness with tears flowing down her beautiful face. She knew she would be asked questions to justify her claim and she was ready to answer. Her becoming Miss Diva 2021 could be called a curtain raiser of her international career.

When Steve Harvey, the host, announced her name as the winner, the reigning Miss Universe, Andrea Meza of Mexico, came forward to crown her successor. It was a big moment for both Sandhu and India. With her winning, India has now three Miss Universe – Sushmita Sen (1994) and Lara Dutta (2000).

Also, the former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen was amongst the first to congratulate Sandhu. She called her “Har Hindustani Ki Naz” that translates into “pride of every Indian.”

With Sen congratulating Sandhu, the congratulatory messages started pouring in from across the globe. Everyone was amazed at Sandhu winning the pageant, but the Indians were hopeful that she would make her presence felt and make the country proud at the highest level. And she fulfilled the wishes of her family and the countrymen.

Sandhu Responded With A Cat’s Meow

Sandhu Responded With A Cat’s Meow

Steve Harvey asked Sandhu that he had heard that Sandhu did amazing animal impersonation. And that he wanted to hear one from her. It was a joyful moment but Sandhu was a little tensed as she had just cracked the top 16 and there was a long way to go. But she confidently responded with a cat’s meow. And it soon became an Internet meme. While netizens enjoyed the moment, some Twitterati criticized Harvey’s question.

The Final Three

The Final Three

The excitement for Indian especially Sandhu was at the top when there were only three contestants left – Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane, Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira and Harnaaz Sandhu Miss India.

Miss South Africa was announced the runner up. She was also under tremendous pressure from her government to boycott to highlight the cause of Palestinians.

Elle Smith Also Speaks For A Social Cause

Elle Smith Also Speaks For A Social Cause

But Miss USA Elle Smith, 23, took advantage of the opportunity to highlight the plight of her home state that was devasted by tornados. She expressed her grief on Instagram that her thoughts and prayers went to those impacted by the devastating tornadoes that left 70 people dead and many missing.

Elle Smith is a University of Kentucky graduate and works as a news reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville. She was lucky to made into top 10 but denied entry into top 5. But she intelligently used the platform to attract people towards fundraising efforts for the tornado survivors of her home state.

Omicron Scare

Israel has already closed its borders for foreign tourists to prevent omicron from traveling to the country, but the good thins was that most of the contestants were landed in the country before the borders were closed. But Israeli government was generous enough to allow the contestants to enter the country after the regulations were in force.

Late comers were given special permission with the condition of 72-hour mandatory quarantine period. Also, all the contestants were tested for the deadly virus every 48 hours and they are asked to follow pandemic appropriate behavior including wearing mask. Sunday’s pageant was viewed by approximately 600 million viewers across 172 countries via the FOX network.

At Home

India is preparing for a big welcome for the Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu. The congratulatory messages have already started pouring in and everyone including Bollywood celebrities, media personalities, and common people are displaying their happiness with their messages.

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu took her first steps on the stage and now she’s heading towards her home country where she will be given a heroic welcome. Well done Harnaaz Sandhu. You made India proud.

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