Harnaaz Sandhu has been crowned the new Miss Universe

Harnaaz Sandhu made India proud as she was crowned Miss Universe 2021 at an event in Israel. The beauty from Chandigarh was crowned by Andrea Meza, Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico.

Actress and model Harnaaz Sandhu (India) made history as she was named the winner of the 70th edition of the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday night in Eliat, Israel. Only two Indians before Sandhu won the title of Miss Universe – Sushmita Sen (1994) and Lara Dutta (2000).

In second place was Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira, followed by Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane. 

During one of the question rounds, Sandhu spoke about how she’d convince people that climate change isn’t a hoax. 

“Honestly, my heart breaks to see how nature is going through a lot of problems, and it’s all due to our irresponsible behaviour,” she said. “This is the time to take actions and talk less, because each action could either kill or save nature. Prevent and protect is better than repent and repair, and this is what I’m trying to convince you guys today.” 

After making the top three, Sandhu revealed the advice that she’d give to young women today. 

“I think the biggest pressure the youth of today is facing is to believe in themselves,” she told Harvey. “To know that you are unique and that’s what makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. I think this is what you need to understand. Come out, speak for yourself, because you are the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own.” 

“I believed in myself,” she added. “And that’s why I’m standing here today.” 

Sandhu started her journey in pageantry when she won Times Fresh Face in 2017, representing Chandigarh at the age of 17. She later won the LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021 title.

Sandhu is also currently working as an actress. She has done two Punjabi feature films that will be released soon, including “Yaara Diyan Poo Baran” and “Bai Ji Kuttange“.

Sandhu said she prefers choosing strong characters because she wants to “break stereotypes of what women are and what they can be.” 

“I hope I get to inspire people by following my passion and my heart,” she added.