India’s Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu is the new Miss Universe

Sadhu won first place, followed by Paraguay’s Nadia Ferreira and South Africa’s Lalela Mswane.

The representative of India, Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, 21 years old, has been crowned as the new Miss Universe. Thus, the Indian is the successor of the Mexican Andrea Meza, Miss Universe 2020. The Indian actress and dancer have become the third Indian woman to win the pageant. Only two Indians before Sandhu won the title of Miss Universe – Sushmita Sen (1994) and Lara Dutta (2000).

During one of the question rounds, Sandhu spoke about how she’d convince people that climate change isn’t a hoax.  “Honestly, my heart breaks to see how nature is going through a lot of problems, and it’s all due to our irresponsible behaviour”, she said. “This is the time to take actions and talk less because each action could either kill or save nature. Prevent and protect is better than repent and repair, and this is what I’m trying to convince you guys today”.

After making the top three, Sandhu revealed the advice that she’d give to young women today. “I think the biggest pressure the youth of today is facing is to believe in themselves”, she told Harvey. “To know that you are unique and that’s what makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. I think this is what you need to understand. Come out, speak for yourself, because you are the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own”, “ I believed in myself”, she added. “And that’s why I’m standing here today”.

The young woman seeks the empowerment of women through rights, education, employment and their freedom to choose, as shown in images of the pageant.

In her free time, she practices yoga, cooks, rides horses and plays chess. She enjoys swimming and doing impersonations. According to reports, she will also premiere two limited series in 2022.

“I am the youth of my country. I want to know what’s going on in my country” she said in a pre-recorded section of the competition. He added: “I want to inspire people by choosing super-strong characters”.