Beauty pageants have been keeping the concept of Beauty with Brains alive for many years, and a lot of ladies have proved their power through these pageants. Miss Universe 2020 was held on 16th May 2021, which was supposed to be held last year but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this competition, the Mexican beauty Andrea Meza took home the title.
The competition was held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. This is the 69th edition of the show, and 74 women competed against each other to win the title. The event was hosted by Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and an American actor and host, Mario Lopez. Puerto Rican singer, Luis Fonsi, known for his global hit Despacito, also performed in the show, which was previously planned that Pitbull was going to perform.
Andrea Meza, the 26-year-old, was crowned as Miss Mexico back in 2017. She also competed in Miss World 2017 but lost against Manushi Chiller from India. She was the first runner-up at that time. Meza was born on 13th August 1994 in Chihuahua City of Mexico. She has a degree in software engineering.
She is the third Mexican woman to win the title of Miss Universe. Before her, Ximena Navarrete won in 2010 and Lupita Jones was crowned in 1991. Last year’s winner, Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa handed over the crown to Meza, when the host announced her as the winner.
For the final round, she was asked to address the topic of changing beauty standards. For this question, she answered, “We live in a society that is more and more advanced and as we have advanced as a society, we have advanced stereotypes. Nowadays, beauty is not only the way we look. For me, beauty radiated not only in our spirits, but in our hearts and the way we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you are not valuable.”
She was also asked to share how she would handle the COVID-19 pandemic, for which her answer was, “I believe there is not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19. However, I believe that what I would have done, was create the lockdown even before everything was that big because we lost so many lives and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people. That’s why I would have taken care of them since the beginning.”
Miss Brazil Julia Gama was placed in the second position.
Miss Peru Janick Maceta was placed third.
The fourth position was occupied by Miss India Adline Castelino.
Fifth came Kimberly Jimenez from Dominican Republic.
Top ten placeholders of Miss Universe
- Miss Australia Maria Thatil,
- Miss Costa Rica Ivonne Cerdas,
- Miss Jamaica Miqueal-Symone Williams,
- Miss Puerto Rico Estefania Soto and
- Miss Thailand Amanda Obdam.
While for top 21, we had
- Miss Argentina Alina Luz Akselrad,
- Miss Colombia Laura Olascuaga,
- Miss Curacao Chantal Wiertz,
- Miss France Amandine Petit,
- Miss Great Britain Jeanette Akua,
- Miss Indonesia Ayu Maulida,
- Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin,
- Miss Nicaragua Ana Marcelo,
- Miss Philippines Rabiya Mateo,
- Miss United States of America Asya Branch
- Miss Vietnam Nguyen Tran Khanh Van.
This year looks like the Latina Beauties conquered the universe.
This year, we saw the debut of Cameroon and returns of Ghana and Russia, who last competed back in 2018. Almost 18 countries and territories withdrew from participating in the competition due to the COVID-19 scenario. The Best National Costume was awarded to Miss Bhutan Thuzar Wint Lwin. The Social Impact Award was given to Miss Bolivia Lenka Nemer, and Miss Carnival Spirit Award was awarded to the Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jimenez.
The 74 countries and territories that participated this year are:
The British Virgin Islands
United States of America
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