Miss Universe 2021 Pageant

By Rajat Pandey|Updated : December 15th, 2021

About Miss Universe Pageant:

  • Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant that is run by the United States–based Miss Universe Organization.
  • The current Miss Universe pageant was founded in 1952 by Pacific Knitting Mills, a California-based clothing company and manufacturer of Catalina Swimwear. The first Miss Universe Pageant was held in Long Beach, California in 1952 and was won by Armi Kuusela from Finland.

Miss Universe 2021 Title:

  • Miss Universe 2021 was the 70th Miss Universe pageant, held on December 12, 2021, at Universe Dome in Eilat, Israel.
  • Andrea Meza of Mexico crowned Harnaaz Sandhu of India as her successor at the end of the event. The 21 years old has become the third Indian to win the title after Sushmita Sen (1994) and Lara Dutta (2000).
  • Contestants from 80 countries and territories had been selected to compete in the competition.
  • Barbados, Belize, Indonesia, and Malaysia withdrew from the competition due to travel restrictions while Myanmar and Uruguay also withdrew for undisclosed reasons.

Final Results:

Miss Universe 2021: India (Chandigarh) – Harnaaz Sandhu

1st Runner-up: Paraguay – Nadia Ferreira

2nd Runner-up: South Africa – Lalela Mswane


International Beauty Pageants other than the Miss Universe Title are Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.

  1. Miss World: Miss World is the oldest-running international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951.
  • The current Miss World is Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica who was crowned by Vanessa Ponce of Mexico on 14 December 2019 in London, England. Miss World 2021 will be the 70th anniversary of the pageant. It is scheduled to be held on December 16, 2021, at the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • India won the Miss World beauty pageant six times. The first pageant was won in the year 1966 by Reita Faria then Aishwarya Rai (1994), Diana Hayden (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999), Priyanka Chopra (2000) and Manushi Chhillar (2017).

Note: The Femina Miss India sends their winners to Miss World Pageant while Miss Diva is a separate pageant which sends its winners to Miss Universe pageant.

  1. Miss International (Miss International Beauty or The International Beauty Pageant): It is a Japanese-based international beauty pageant organized by The International Culture Association. The pageant was first held in 1960.

The current Miss International is Sireethorn Leearamwat of Thailand who was crowned at the Miss International 2019 pageant on 12 November 2019 in Tokyo, Kantō, Japan.

  1. Miss Earth: Miss Earth is an annual international major beauty pageant that advocates for environmental awareness, conservation, and social responsibility.
  • The Miss Earth winner is the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and other environmental organizations. Carousel Productions launched the first edition of Miss Earth in 2001.
  • The current Miss Earth is Destiny Wagner of Belize who was crowned virtually on November 21, 2021.


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