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Sushmita Sen calls Miss Universe 2021 winner Harnaaz Sandhu ‘Har Hindustani Ki Naz,’ Priyanka Chopra celebrates

Sushmita Sen, Urvashi Rautela, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Raveena Tandon and Himanshi Khurana celebrated Harnaaz Sandhu's win at Miss Universe 2021. Sandhu's win has come 21 years after Lara Dutta won the pageant in 2000.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 13, 2021 4:02:25 pm
sushmita sen on harnaaz sandhuFormer Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, Lara Dutta and Miss World Priyanka Chopra congratulated Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu on her win. (Photo: Sushmita Sen/Instagram)

Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu is now Miss Universe. The model won the title on Monday. Harnaaz has become the third Indian to have won the title. Earlier, Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta won the title in 1994 and 2000, respectively. Harnaaz has got back the title to the country after 21 years.

As soon as the winner was announced, several celebrities took to their social media handles to express their joy. Sushmita Sen, who won the Miss Universe title in 1994, called Sandhu ‘Har Hindustani Ki Naz’ after Sandhu was announced as the new Miss Universe. In an Instagram post, Sen wrote, “#yehbaat ‘Har Hindustani Ki Naz’ Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu #MissUniverse2021 #INDIAAAAAA. Soooooo proud of you! Congratulations @harnaazsandhu_03 Thank you for representing India so beautifully, for bringing back the Miss Universe Crown to India after 21 years ( by a 21 year old, you were destined). May you enjoy every moment of learning & sharing this incredible global platform @missuniverse will provide you….MAY YOU REIGN SUPREME! My love & Regards to your Maa & family…bohut bohut Mubarak.”

 

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Urvashi Rautela also shared a video of herself posing with Sandhu, who seemed star-struck upon seeing the actor next to her.

Earlier in the day, Lara Dutta welcomed Harnaaz “to the club” and said that she has made “a billion dreams come true”.

“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,” her tweet read. Lara won the title in 2000.

 

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Priyanka Chopra, who won Miss World in 2000, congratulated Harnaaz Sandhu on her win. Priyanka posted the Miss Universe 2021’s crowning moment and wrote, “And the new Miss Universe is… Miss India! Congratulations Harnaaz Sandhu… bringing the crown home after 21 years.” Bigg Boss 13 contestant and singer Himanshi Khurana and actor Raveena Tandon also congratulated Harnaaz. “You made us proud,” read Himanshi’s tweet, while Raveena mentioned how the news is “just fantastic”.

The Chandigarh-based model, who is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration, was crowned by her predecessor Andrea Meza of Mexico, who won the pageant in 2020.

priyanka on harnaaz sandhu Priyanka Chopra shares Harnaaz Sandhu’s winning moment. (Photo: Priyanka Chopra/Instagram) Kareena Kapoor Kareena Kapoor Khan congratulated Harnaaz Sandhu. (Photo: Kareena Kapoor Khan/Instagram) neha dhupia Neha Dhupia’s message for Harnaaz Sandhu. (Photo: Neha Dhupia/Instagram)

“I am immensely grateful to the Almighty, my parents, and the Miss India Organization for guiding and supporting me throughout. Loads of love to everyone who prayed and wished the crown for me. Bringing the glorious crown back after 21 years to India is a moment of greatest pride,” she said.

Ever since the news of Harnaaz Sandhu’s win was announced, a clip of the model has been making the rounds on social media platforms. The video shows Harnaaz answering the question – ‘What advice would she give to young women on how to deal with the pressure they face today?’ – in the final question and answer round of the pageant.

In response to the question, the 21-year-old said, “The biggest pressure the youth of today is facing is to believe in themselves, to know that you are unique and that’s what makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that’s happening worldwide. This is what you need to understand. Come out, speak for yourselves because you are the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that’s why I am standing here today.”

Harnaaz Sandhu started her journey in pageantry when she won Times Fresh Face in 2017, representing Chandigarh at the age of 17. She later won the LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021 title. Sandhu has also worked in a few Punjabi films, including Yaara Diyan Poo Baran and Bai Ji Kuttange.

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