Harnaaz Sandhu becomes the third Indian to be crowned Miss Universe

Dec 13, 2021

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

India’s Harnaaz Sandhu bagged the 70th Miss Universe title...

...and became the third Indian to win the honour, after a gap of 21 years.

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The 21-year-old Sandhu was crowned Miss Universe 2021 after Lara Dutta won the title in 2000.

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Model-turned-actor Sushmita Sen was the first Indian to win the title of Miss Universe in 1994.

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In 2020, Andrea Meza from Mexico was the Miss Universe and she presented the title to Sandhu.

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The first and the second runners-up of Miss Universe 2021 were from Paraguay and South Africa respectively.

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Sandhu has previously been crowned Miss Diva 2021, Femina Miss India Punjab 2019...

...and was even placed in the Top 12 at Femina Miss India 2019.

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Sandhu hails from Chandigarh, Punjab and..

...has done her graduation from Government college for Girls in Chandigarh.

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This was Sandhu’s answer to the final question at the contest:

“The biggest pressure the youth of today is facing is to believe in themselves."

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“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.”

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“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.”

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She has also starred in some Punjabi movies like Yaara Diyan Poo Baran, Bai Ji Kuttange.

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Sandhu started her modelling career at a very young age.

She won her first title ‘Miss Chandigarh’ in 2017.

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In one of the speeches she gave at Miss Femina 2019,...

...she mentioned her mother to be her biggest inspiration, who is a gynaecologist in Chandigarh.

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