Harnaaz Sandhu Wins Miss Universe Title For India After A Gap Of 21 Years

Harnaaz Sandhu Wins Miss Universe Title For India After A Gap Of 21 Years

The answer that won Sandhu the crown was to the question, "What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?"

Representing India, 21-year-old Harnaaz Sandhu from Punjab was crowned the new Miss Universe 2021 at the 70th Miss Universe event held in Eilat in Israel on Monday. She won the title 21 years after Lara Dutta had won it in the year 2000. Notably, the event was live-streamed globally.

Sandhu was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, the previous titleholder from Mexico. She left behind the contestants Paraguay and South Africa, who came in first and second runners-up respectively, to win the crown.

As part of the competition, she was asked, "Many people think climate change is a hoax, what would you do to convince them otherwise?"

She replied, "My heart breaks to see how nature is going through a lot of problems, and it is all due to our irresponsible behaviour. I totally feel that this is the time to take action and talk less. Because our each action could save or kill nature. Prevent and protect is better than repent and repair and this is what I am trying to convince you guys today".

The answer that won Sandhu the crown was to the question, "What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?"

Her reply was, "The biggest pressure the youth of today is facing, is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let's talk about more important things that are happening worldwide".

"Come out, speak for yourself, because you are the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that is why I am standing here today," she said, which impressed everyone.

Notably, the model-actress was crowned Miss Universe India 2021 in October. Having starred in many Punjabi films at 21, she is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Public Administration.

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