10 facts about India’s Harnaaz Sandhu who crowned Miss Universe 2021
The 21-year-old from the land of five rivers Punjab, representing India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021, held in Eilat, Israel, brought home the crown after gap of 21 years , last time in 2000 Lara Dutta won the title .Sandhu was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, former Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico at the event which was live-streamed globally at various platforms.
Expressing pride in the country’s win, Harnaaz said with excitement, “Chak de phatte India, chak de phatte.” Harnaaz edged out the first runner up Paraguay and the second runner up South Africa. As part of the final question round, the top three contestants were asked, “What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?”
To this, Harnaaz said, “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.”
- Born and brought up in Punjab, Harnaaz went to Shivalik Public School and later she attended Post Government College for Girls in Chandigarh. Sandhu holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. At present, she is pursuing her post-graduation in Public Administration.
2. Belonging from Punjab, India, Harnaaz Sandhu has been taking part in pageants since she was a teenager. She has won various titles such as Miss Chandigarh 2017 and Miss Max Emerging Star 2018 , LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021 and Femina Miss India Punjab 2019 respectively ,
3. She has also worked in Punjabi films like “Yaara Diyan Poo Baran” and “Bai Ji Kuttange”.
4. Harnaaz is the third Indian woman to have earned the title of Miss Universe, after Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta. Her favourite actress is Priyanka Chopra who won the title of Miss World 2000.
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5. Harnaaz was awarded the title Miss Diva 2021 by Adline Castelino and was the 3rd runner-up of Miss Universe 2020.
6. Her hobbies include playing chess and horse riding.
7. Harnaaz Sandhu who is 21-years-old brought home the Miss Universe crown by competing at the 70th edition of the event held in Israel.
8. In the year 2019, Harnaaz Sandhu secured the title of Femina Miss India Punjab 2019 after which she participated in Femina Miss India where she managed to be in the Top 12 contestants.
9. She also stands in support of advocacies that address issues like climate change.
10. She is associated with various ngo’s and time to time taking stand for various causes.
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In the top 5 she was asked “Many people think climate change is a hoax, what would you do to convince them otherwise?
Harnaaz impressed all 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 behaviour. 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.”
Wish you all the best for your future endeavor , ” Miss Universe ” .