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Miss India wins Miss Universe 2021

The 21-year-old likes to dance, do yoga, cook, ride horses, and play chess in her free time.

• December 13, 2021
Harnaaz Sandhu
Harnaaz Sandhu [Photo credit: CNN]

Miss India, the 21-year-old actress Harnaaz Sandhu, was crowned Miss Universe early Monday in a live show in the Israeli coastal city of Eilat on the Red Sea.

Sandhu prevailed against 79 competitors from countries around the world.

In a profile on the pageant website, the winner is described as “a strong advocate for women’s empowerment, particularly constitutional rights to education, careers and freedom of choice.”

The 21-year-old likes to dance, do yoga, cook, ride horses, and play chess in her free time.

According to the winner, her mother, a successful gynaecologist and the head of her family and Indian star actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas are her inspiration.

The 70th Miss Universe pageant began at 3:00 a.m. (0100 GMT) to be broadcast live in primetime on U.S. television.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, only viewers with a “green pass,” showing they had either recovered from the Coronavirus or had been vaccinated in the last six months, could be present at the show.

Earlier in May, a 26-year-old Andrea Meza from Mexico won the title of Miss Universe 2020 in the U.S. state of Florida.

Meza placed a silver tiara on winner Sandhu’s head, symbolising her win.

Eighty women had started out running in the Miss Universe pageant final, but South Africa withdrew support for its own candidate.

According to the organisers, a candidate from the United Arab Emirates entered the competition for the first time this year.

In addition, for the first time in more than four decades, there was a candidate from Morocco.

The 2020 competition had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(dpa/NAN)

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