India's Harnaaz Sandhu wins Miss Universe 2021
Miss Universe 2021: South Africa Lalela Mswane finishes third as Harnaaz Sandhu of India win this year's edition of the pageant.
Harnaaz Sandhu, the 21-year-old from Punjab, representing India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021, held in Eilat, Israel, brought home the crown, 21 years after Lara Dutta won the title in 2000 and Sushmita Sen's historic win in 1994.
The final three contestants — Mswane (South Africa), Sandhu (India) and Ferreira (Paraguay) — were then given the same question to answer: What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today? Mswane encouraged them to “seize courage over comfort” whenever possible, Sandhu theorized that the biggest issue facing today’s youth is a lack of self-confidence and individuality, and Ferreira gave an extremely positive answer about wanting everyone to “join forces to do what you’re meant to do.”
After one last stroll around the stage, set to a trilingual performance of “Hallelujah,” the final results were announced:
THIRD PLACE | Lalela Mswane (South Africa)
SECOND PLACE | Nadia Ferreira (Paraguay)
WINNER | Harnaaz Sandhu (India).