Indias Harnaaz Sandhu has crowned Miss Universe on Sunday 70th after a pageant full of beads, sequins and swimwear that was also touched by the pandemic and politics.
harnaaz sandhuSandhu, an actress studying for a master's degree in public administration, received the crown of jewels from last year's winner Andrea Meza of Mexico as she wiped her tears on stage.
Sandhu said she was "overwhelmed because it's been 21 years since India won the Miss Universe crown and it's happening right now."
The contest was held in the middle of the night in Eilat, Israel, so it could be adapted for prime time in the US.
Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu was born on March 3, 2000 in Chandigarh, India, into a Punjabi Sikh family.
Harnaaz has always been passionate about modeling and made her first breakthrough when she was crowned Miss Chandigarh in 2017.