India’s 21-year-old Harnaaz Sandhu is now ‘Miss Universe 2021’

A historic moment for India as Chandigarh's 21-year-old Harnaaz Sandhu brings laurels to the Asian country by winning the title of 70th 'Miss Universe 2021'. 

India's Harnaaz Sandhu after being crowned as 'Miss Universe 2021'.

A historic moment for India as Chandigarh’s 21-year-old Harnaaz Sandhu brings laurels to the Asian country by winning the title of 70th ‘Miss Universe 2021‘. 

Indians waited for this moment for around 21 years. Last time, the title was won by Bollywood actress Lara Dutta in the year 2000 and Sushmita Sen in 1994.  

The contest took place in Eilat, Israel. Sandhu beat the delegates of Paraguay and South Africa in the final round naming the title for herself. 

The people are overjoyed and are celebrating the win with full enthusiasm, sending good luck and wishes to the beauty. 

“The biggest pressure the youth of today – is facing is to believe in themselves, to know that you are unique & that’s what makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others & let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide,” the Miss Universe 2021 cited when being asked what advice she would like to give to the young women watching her now. 

“This is what you need to understand. Come out, and speak for yourselves because you are the leader of your life, you are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that’s why I am standing here today”,  following the statement she added. 

She has also been crowned as the Miss Diva 2021, Femina Miss India Punjab 2019 and registered her name in the Top 12 at Femina Miss India 2019. 

Sandhu is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Prior to leaving for the contest, Sandhu, speaking to Indian media, cited, “I believe I am the only candidate who got the shortest time to prepare, but the team has been putting in a lot of effort to bring the best version out of India. And I am getting a lot of training, be it in terms of communication or putting myself out there confidently. I promise to each one of you that you will enjoy the process – all these efforts will not go in vain”.