Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu earned the prestigious crown in Eilat, Israel, on Sunday after beating out the runners-up, Miss Paraguay and Miss South Africa
On Sunday, Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu was officially named Miss Universe 2021.
Sandhu, 21, beat out 79 other contestants from various countries and territories — including runner-up Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira and second runner-up Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane — to claim the prestigious title.
Sandhu was presented the crown by her successor, Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza, before taking her first walk as the new Miss Universe on the stage in Eilat, Israel.
The competition was a historic one, as it marked the first time that a delegate from the United Arab Emirates has ever competed and the first time in over four decades that Miss Universe Morocco has returned to the pageant.
Harnaaz will bring home the Miss Universe crown after 21 years. So far, India has won begged the crown twice with Sushmita Sen in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000.
The pageant was held in the middle of the night, wrapping up at 5 a.m. Israeli local time (10 p.m. EST) to accommodate the primetime schedule in USA