India’s Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021

21 years after Lara Dutta won the title of Miss Universe, Harnaaz Sandhu from India has become the new Miss Universe 2021, on December 12.

Key Facts

  • The 70th Miss Universe 2021 was held in Eilat, Israel.
  • India was represented by Ms Harnaaz Sandhu.
  • Ms Sandhu is 21-year-old and comes from Punjab.
  • She claimed the Miss Universe crown, siding out Nadia Ferreira from Paraguay and Lalela Mswane from South Africa.

Who presented the crown to Ms Sandhu?

Crown was presented to Ms Sandhu by Andrea Meza, who was the former Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico.

Indians who won this title before?

Before Ms Sandhu, only two Indians have won the title of Miss Universe:

  1. Sushmita Sen in 1994 and
  2. Lara Dutta in 2000.

Journey of Ms Sandhu

Ms Sandhu had started her journey at the age of 17, in pageantry. She has previously been crowned with-

  • Femina Miss India Punjab 2019
  • Miss Diva 2021
  • She was also placed in Top 12 at Femina Miss India 2019.

She has also worked in Punjabi movies such as- Yaara Diyan Poo Baran and Bai Ji Kuttange.

About Miss Universe

Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant. It is run by the United States–based Miss Universe Organization. This pageant is one of the most watched pageants worldwide, with an estimated audience of 500 million viewers across 190 territories. Apart from Miss World; Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss Universe are among Big Four international beauty pageants.

Who own the miss universe organization?

Miss Universe Organization and its brand are presently owned by Endeavor. Telemundo has got the licensing rights to air the pageant for next 5 years.

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