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Meet Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe 2021

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Harnaaz Sandhu from India has made the country proud by winning the coveted Miss Universe 2021 title after 21 years.

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Previously, only two Indians have worn the crown – Sushmita Sen in 1994, and Lara Dutta in 2000.

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She beat 80 contestants, including first runner-up Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira, and second runner-up Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane, to make it to the top.

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The model had previously won ‘Miss Diva Universe 2021’ title that paved her way to the Miss Universe 2021 pageant.

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Harnaaz, who started modelling at a young age, gradually made her way to beauty pageants and won her first pageant — Miss Chandigarh 2017.

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Harnaaz, who is an actor by profession, is inspired by actor and Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra and her body of work.

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As per her Miss Universe delegate bio, she draws inspiration from her mother, who “broke generations of patriarchy to become a successful gynecologist."