India’s Harnaaz Sandhu becomes Miss Universe 2021

Harnaaz Sandhu of India has crowned the 70th Miss Universe on Sunday, topping a field of some 80 contestants in a pageant that was touched by politics and the pandemic.

The 21-year-old model was crowned the Miss Universe 2021 on Monday, December 13. Harnaaz will bring home the Miss Universe crown after 21 years. Before her, Lara Dutta has crowned the Miss Universe in 2000.

Harnaaz Sandhu edged out contestants Paraguay and South Africa to claim the crown.

Sandhu was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, former Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico at the event which was live-streamed globally.

The model actress was crowned Miss Universe India 2021 in October. Harnaaz started her beauty pageant journey with Times Fresh Face back in 2017. The 21-year-old diva is currently pursuing her Masters’ degree in Public Administration. She holds multiple pageant titles like Femina Miss India Punjab 2019, as well. She has also starred in many Punjabi films like Yaara Diyan Poo Baran and Bai Ji Kuttange.