India's Harnaaz Sandhu, the 21-year-old from Punjab, representing India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021, held in Eilat, Israel, brought home the crown, 21 years after Lara Dutta won the title in 2000.
She edged out contestants Paraguay and South Africa to claim the crown.
Sandhu was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, former Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico at the event which was live-streamed globally.
The big announcement was shared by the official handle of Miss Universe on Instagram where they shared a snippet of the exact moment Harnaaz was presented with the coveted crown of Miss Universe.
Harnaaz, in the video, can be seen holding hands with another contestant as they announce the new Miss Universe. The 21-year-old model from Chandigarh can be seen getting super emotional on hearing the name of her country in the announcement. Harnaaz beat 79 contestants in the pageant including runner-up Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira and second runner-up Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane to win the title.
The 21-year-old diva is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Public Administration. She holds multiple pageant titles like Femina Miss India Punjab 2019, as well. She has also starred in many Punjabi films.
Priyanka Chopra congratulates Harnaaz Sandhu on historic win
Global icon and Miss World Miss 2000 Priyanka Chopra congratulated Miss Universe 2021 winner Harnaaz Sandhu for her historic win. The actor took to Instagram to post a video of the moment Harnaaz was announced the Miss Universe winner and congratulated the 21-year-old beauty queen for her historic win.
Priyanka posted the video on her Instagram Stories with the caption, "And the new Miss Universe is...Miss India. Congratulations Harnaaz Sandu...bringing the crown home after 21 years." The video shows the host Steve Harvey announcing Harnaaz as the winner of the pageant. She can be seen getting emotional after hearing her name.