Harnaaz Sandhu, 21, of Chandigarh, won various Indian beauty pageants before becoming the third Indian woman to win the Miss Universe title. Harnaaz Sandhu, an Indian actor, and model was crowned Miss Universe 2021 on Monday, 21 years after India won the Miss Universe international beauty competition. She was the third Indian to win the prestigious title, defeating applicants from 79 countries becoming the universe’s reigning beauty queen. Only two performers had previously won the award: Sushmita Sen in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000.
Who is Harnaaz Sandhu?
Sandhu is a Chandigarh-based model who is studying public administration for her master’s degree. Sandhu is the daughter of Dr Ravinder Kaur Sandhu and Pritam Singh Sandhu. Harnoor Singh, her brother, and the rest of her family were ecstatic about the triumph. Sandhu was described as a “brilliant” and “sincere” student who completed her schooling and higher studies at Chandigarh’s Post Graduate Government College. She is also a strong supporter of women’s empowerment and the fight against climate change.
Sandhu has previously stated that she sees beauty contests as a way for a woman to come out and form sisterhoods in past interviews. In trying to beat beauty prizes, she has also highlighted the need of being authentic to oneself rather than relying on make-up. Sandhu, a longtime fan of the actress and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra, has worked in the film and entertainment sector. Yaara Diyan Poo Baran and Bai Ji Kuttange are two of her flicks.
Sandhu has been competing in beauty pageants since she was a teenager, and this is not her first award. She has already been named Miss Chandigarh 2017 as well as ‘Miss Max Emerging Star India 2018’. Sandhu won Femina Miss India Punjab in 2019 and then went on to compete in Femina Miss India.
Sandhu’s mother practices gynecology. Sandhu has a variety of interests in addition to pageantry. The actor-model enjoys yoga, horseback riding, and cooking, and her favorite meal is her mother’s homemade ‘ makki ki roti,’ according to sources.
Sandhu on Climate Change
She is an environmentalist who has previously spoken about climate change and global warming. Sandhu said her “heart hurts” to see the devastation being done to the environment “due to our reckless behavior” during the final question and answer session when asked if global warming was a “hoax.”
“I believe that now is the time to act rather than talk because every action we take has the potential to kill or rescue the environment. Preventing and protecting is preferable to repenting and repairing, as I would like to persuade you today “.
Sandhu’s advice to the youth and women
One of the main issues that today’s youngsters confront, according to Sandhu, is being able to be genuine to themselves and believe in themselves. She wanted young people, particularly women, to recognize their individuality. She also stated that young people should refrain from comparing themselves to others and instead focus on global issues.
“I would advise young women to trust in themselves and recognize their own uniqueness and beauty. Stop comparing yourself to others and concentrate on the more important events taking place across the globe. Come out and speak for yourself, for you are the master of your own destiny. I have faith in myself, and that is why I am here today “she stated
Before traveling for the competition, the model-actor and Bollywood hopeful stated that she wished to enhance India-Israel relations. The pageant’s 70th edition was held in Eilat, Israel, where the 21-year-old won the coveted title.