“India, this one’s for you” : Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe

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Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu of 1ndia. Photo Facebook Miss Universe

Days before she was crowned Miss Universe, Harnaaz Sandhu, 21, wrote on Instagram the words, “India, this one’s for you.” The days of waiting anxiously, working hard to perfect the deliveries to be made, the walk, the talk, learning to expect the unexpected, all part of this 70th pageant, are over.

The pageant was held Dec. 12, 2021, in Eilat, Israel.

Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu clenches her fist as a victory sign when she was crowned the winner. Photo: videograb Facebook Miss Universe

On her Instagram site, Sandhu wrote, “It’s been 74 days since the day I was chosen to represent India at Miss Universe 2021. It’s been a ride full of love, fun and immense hard work,” Sandhu. “As I set to walk out on that stage today as ‘India’, I carry with me your prayers & love. Thank you to my family for standing by me, today & always. Thank you to all my panelists & designers who have put together so beautifully this woman who now stands in front of you. Thank you everyone. It would not have been possible without you,” she added, ending with the unforgettable words, “India, this one’s for you.”

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The 21-year old is described on the Miss Universe website as “a strong advocate for women’s empowerment, particularly their constitutional rights to education, careers, and their freedom of choice.”

Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu dressed for the Glamour segment of the pageant. Photo: Instagram

Professionally, Sandhu is an actor with two Punjabi LMS (Local Movie Showtimes) slated for release in 2022 and hopes to essay characters in LMS that break stereotypes that the world has of women, the bio says.

Growing up under the wings of a mother who is a physician, specializing in gynecology, Sandhu, appears to have been inspired by her mother’s example, as a woman “who broke generations of patriarchy to become a successful gynecologist and led her family.”

Sandhu grew up working with her mother at health camps addressing women’s health and menstrual hygiene, “at the same time deeply conscious of the privilege her mother’s struggles have gifted her.”

Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu of India, looking at monitor anxiously waiting for the results to be announced. Photo: videograb Facebook Miss Universe

She also draws inspiration from Bollywood-Hollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, who is her favorite actor.

In her spare time, Sandhu enjoys the company of friends, loves yoga, dancing, cooking, horse riding, and playing chess. She loves swimming.

She believes in the saying – “Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.”

Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu of India. Photo: Facebook Miss Universe

Miss Universe adds a few ‘fun facts’ about Sandhu who appears a fun-loving young woman with serious ideas about life.

She says, “I mimic almost anyone including animals; I am a closet singer; I love writing couplets in my mother tongue Punjabi.”

 

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