Report By Aman Kumar Singh
Noida: Even as the jolly season approaches, it is cheers time for India too. Twenty-one -year-old Harnaaz Sandhu, the sassy lass from Punjab, brought smiles on faces as she bagged the Miss Universe 2021 crown at the 70th Miss Universe 2021, held in Eilat, Israel. The last Indian to bring home the crown was Lara Dutta, 21 years ago. Sandhu had a tough job to claim the crown as she was pitted against contestants from Paraguay and South Africa in the final round.
Former Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico Andrea Meza presented the crown. The first and second runners-up were Paraguay and South Africa respectively.
Harnaaz Sandhu’s winning answer
What brought victory in Sandhu’s kitty was the answer she gave to a question as part of the top three round. In this round, the contestants were asked, “What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today.”
Sandhu’s clincher answer was, “The biggest pressure the youth of today is facing, is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. Come out, speak for yourself, because you are the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that is why I am standing here today.”
Miss Universe 2021 is nature conscious
Prior to this, what brought her success for the top three slot was the answer she gave to the question in the Top 5 round. In the top 5 she was asked “Many people think climate change is a hoax, what would you do to convince them otherwise?”Sandhu drew eyeballs when she said, “My heart breaks to see how nature is going through a lot of problems, and it is all due to our irresponsible behavior. I totally feel that this is the time to take action and talk less. Because our each action could save or kill nature. Prevent and protect is better than repent and repair and this is what I am trying to convince you guys today.”
The model-actress has also won Times Fresh face in 2017
Sandhu, the model-actress, was crowned Miss Universe India 2021 in October. Sandhu started her beauty pageant journey with Times Fresh Face back in 2017. Sandhu is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Public Administration. She holds pageant titles like Femina Miss India Punjab 2019, as well. She has also starred in many Punjabi films.
During an interaction at Times Fresh Face 2021, Sandhu spoke about how she prepared to represent India for the Miss Universe Crown. Sandhu said, “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.”
(Aman is BAJMC First Year Student of Maharishi School of Journalism, MUIT Campus, Noida)