Miss Universe present crowns Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza, as 2021 winner


After a 12 months with out the pageant as a result of coronavirus pandemic, Andrea Meza of Mexico has formally been topped Miss Universe.

Meza, who has a software program engineering diploma, beat out out Miss Brazil on the finish of the night time, screaming Sunday when the announcer shouted “Viva Mexico!”

Based on E! Information, magnificence queens from 74 international locations and territories competed within the competitors however solely 21 made it to the ultimate spherical. There, Meza confronted questions on each magnificence requirements in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In her last assertion spherical, Miss Mexico was requested to handle altering magnificence requirements on the earth. 

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Miss Mexico Andrea Meza is topped Miss Universe 2021 onstage on the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant at Seminole Laborious Rock Lodge and On line casino on Might 16, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida. 
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“We reside in a society that increasingly more is extra superior and as we’ve got superior as a society, we’ve got superior with stereotypes,” she shared, per the outlet. “These days, magnificence is just not solely the best way we glance. For me, magnificence radiates not solely in our spirits, however in our hearts and the best way we conduct ourselves. By no means allow somebody to let you know that you’re not invaluable.”

Meza was additionally requested how she would have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic, which compelled the present to cancel its 2020 competitors.

“I consider there may be not an ideal method to deal with this tough scenario corresponding to COVID-19,” she defined. “Nevertheless, I consider that what I might have performed was create the lockdown even in the beginning was that large as a result of we misplaced so many lives and we can not afford that. We’ve got to deal with our individuals. That is why I might have taken care of them because the starting.” 

Earlier winner Zozibini Tunzi match the crown on Meza’s head and waited to ensure it will keep in place as Meza beamed and took her first stroll to the entrance of the stage.

Tunzi, a public relations skilled who grew to become the primary Black girl from South Africa to win the competition, had held the title since December 2019

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“I all the time knew that my reign as Miss Universe can be in contrast to another,” Tunzi stated of passing the torch in a press release (through E! Information). “Whereas it was nothing like what I had imagined my 12 months to be, this 12 months has opened doorways for me I might by no means have imagined.  I’m so grateful for the chance to attach nearly with individuals all around the world and elevate the causes I care most about.” 

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Preliminary Competition at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on May 14, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida. 

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza seems onstage on the Miss Universe 2021 Preliminary Competitors at Seminole Laborious Rock Lodge and On line casino on Might 14, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida. 
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The pageant was hosted by “Entry Hollywood’s” Mario Lopez and actor and mannequin Olivia Culpo, the 2012 Miss Universe. It was broadcast reside from the Seminole Laborious Rock Lodge and On line casino Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida.

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Forward of the pageant, Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Group, acknowledged that they’d spent months planning a secure competitors that adopted comparable tips as final November’s 2020 Miss USA competitors held in Memphis.

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The Miss Universe competitors airs in additional than 160 territories and international locations throughout the globe together with within the U.S on the FYI channel and on Telemundo.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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