Harnaaz Sandhu of India was crowned as the new Miss Universe on Monday, December 13 after a 3-hour telecast from Eilat, Israel.
Harnaaz succeeded Andrea Meza of Mexico, who reigned for 6 months. The Indian beauty queen will represent Miss Universe in its various causes.
Paraguay’s Nadia Ferreira was adjusted as 1st runner-up while Lalela Mswane of India was 2nd runner-up.
Colombia’s Valeria Ayos and the Philippines’ Beatrice Luigi Gomez rounded up the Top 5.
In her final question, host Steve Harvey asked what her advice would be for young women today facing a lot of pressures around them.
“Well, I think the biggest pressure the youth of today is facing is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique and that what makes you beautiful, stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that’s happening worldwide. I think this is what you need to understand. 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’s why I’m standing here today.”
Check out the video from Miss Universe on her final answer and win.
Harnaaz is the third Miss India to win the title. Sushmita Sen won the first Miss Universe crown in 1994 while Lara Dutta won the second tile in 2000.

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