The universe has crowned its new beauty queen: Miss India, Harnaaz Sandhu. The 21-year-old beauty queen beat out 79 other contestants at the Universe Dome in Eilat, Israel. Sandhu follows in the footsteps of Sushmita Sen in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000 as the third Indian Miss Universe.
Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira claimed the first runner-up spot while Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane was the second runner-up. Sandhu was crowned by Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza from Mexico and took her first walk as the new Miss Universe.
Sandhu is a strong advocate for women’s empowerment and her answer during the final question and answer portion proves that. Asked what advice she’d give young women when dealing with pressures, she answers, “I think the biggest pressure the youth of today is facing is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique and that’s what makes you beautiful.”