Harnaaz Sandhu, representative of India, is the new Miss Universe 2021, successor to Andrea Meza, who won the pageant in 2020. In the 70th edition of the beauty pageant held in Israel, 80 models competed for the crown and had the opportunity to be crowned as the new beauty queen.
The new beauty queen said she was “overwhelmed because it’s been 21 years since India got the Miss Universe crown and it’s happening (again) right now … I’m ready to take responsibility for the crown now.”
Israel hosted the contest in the Red Sea resort of Eilat amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and after imposing travel restrictions to try to avoid the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Sandhu urged people around the world to get vaccinated to help keep borders open.
“With Israel’s support we were able to organize this contest and I think that wherever we go now we have to do these mandatory things because this is the new normal. We need to take care of our vaccines, about the COVID reports, because that is how it will be and that is how we will be able to travel “, He said.
He also highlighted the role of women: “You know that it takes a lot of courage to talk about something you’ve been through and the rationale for that movement (the #MeToo) was to encourage all women who have gone through these circumstances and we are here to embrace ourselves to empower all women. There are those who are going through a lot of suffering or a lot, you know, domestic violence, torture and whatever is happening within them. “
“If we can do it, then everyone can do it, if I can be the voice of my life, then they can also be the voice of their lives. Because, Through the passion for beauty, we want to embrace each and every woman who is watching this, who aspire to be the leader of their life“, He highlighted.
In the weeks leading up to the competition, contestants toured various sites in Israel, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and the Western Wall of Judaism.
Israel’s Tourism Ministry said travel restrictions limited media and fan attendance at the pageant.
(with information from Reuters)
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