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Tourism: India’s 21-year-old Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 21 years after it won, as Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane crowned second runner up

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Miss South Africa, Lalela Mswane made the top three at the 70th Miss Universe pageant which was held in Eilat, Israel this morning.

Mswane was crowned second runner-up with Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu taking the crown and Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira the first runner-up.

In her final speech before the winner was announced, Mswane urged young women to “choose courage over comfort”.

“I would like young women to know that since the beginning of time they have had everything within them to achieve anything they wanted, it is the world that convinced that we do not,” she said.

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According to pmnewsnigeria.com, winner of the pageant, Harnaaz Sandhu was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in a glitzy final hosted in Israel, and held despite tightening border controls owing to COVID-19.

“I feel overwhelmed because it’s been 21 years since India got the Miss Universe crown,” Sandhu said in the southern resort town of Eilat.

The Bollywood actor and model beat runners-up from Paraguay and South Africa to take the crown, after the 80 competitors were gradually whittled down during the night.

The stars certainly aligned for Miss India. Harnaaz is 21 years old. It’s been 21 years since India was last crowned. And she is Miss Universe 2021.

India’s last winner Lara Dutta Bhupathi tweeted a congratulations to Harnaaz.

“Congratulations @HarnaazSandhu03!!!! Welcome to the club!!! We’ve waited 21 long years for this!!! You make us SO SO proud!!! A billion dreams come true!!! @MissDivaOrg@MissUniverse”

Finalists were questioned on issues such as coronavirus vaccine passports, climate change and body shaming.

For the first time in the competition’s 70-year history, Bahrain was represented with Manar Nadeem Deyani vying for the crown.

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