Indian model Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu on Monday won Miss Universe title after a gap of 21 years. The last time an Indian won this title was in 2000 when Lara Dutta was crowned Miss Universe.
Hailing from Chandigarh, Harnaaz impressed the judges with her impressive replies. When asked what advice she would offer to young women on how to deal with the pressures that they face today, Harnaaz said, “The biggest pressure the youth is facing today is to believe in themselves. To know you are unique and that is what makes you beautiful, stop comparing yourself with others and talk about more important things that are happening worldwide.”
She added, “I believe in myself that’s why I’m standing here today. Come out speak for yourself because you’re the leader of your own.”
“Come out, speak for yourself because you are the leader of your life,” she concluded.
No sooner did the news of Harnaaz being crowned as the new Miss Universe emerge, Indian celebs took to social media to congratulate the 21-year-old model. Lara Dutta said, “I’m overjoyed and thrilled at Harnaaz’s win at Miss Universe! She was a strong contender throughout and was an exemplary representative for India on the world stage! After 21 long years it’s a billion dreams come true! I wish her a glorious reign ahead and many great adventures as the new Miss Universe.”
Sushmita Sen, who won the title in 1994, wrote on Instagram, “Congratulations @harnaazsandhu_03 ???????????? Thank you for representing India so beautifully, for bringing back the Miss Universe Crown to India after 21 years ( by a 21 year old ????, you were destined). May you enjoy every moment of learning & sharing this incredible global platform @missuniverse will provide you….MAY YOU REIGN SUPREME!!! ????????❤️???????????? My love & Regards to your Maa & family…bohut bohut Mubarak ????????????❤️????????????.”
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This year’s Miss Universe was boycotted by Palestine, South Africa with Malaysia also opting out of the beauty pageant. Palestine had boycotted citing Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. South Africa too followed extending support to Palestine. As for Malaysia, its reason for non-participation was the ongoing pandemic.