Mexican Queen Wins Miss Universe 2021
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday, 16th May 2021 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
The Miss Universe was hosted by Mario Lopez and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, who won the crown in 2012 and featured a special performance by Luis Fonsi.
Andrea Meza, 26, finished first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists in a flashy televised event.
Dressed in a sparkling red evening gown, Meza tearfully walked the catwalk as Miss Universe for the first time, before rushing back for a group hug with the other competitors.
Andrea Meza beat more than 70 contestants from around the globe in the 69th installment of Miss Universe.
During the final statement round, Miss Mexico was asked to address the topic of changing beauty standards.
“We live in a society that more and more is advanced and as we have advanced as a society, we have advanced with stereotypes,” she shared via a translator. “Nowadays, beauty is not only the way we look. For me, beauty radiates 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,” the Mexican beauty queen said.
And just minutes before, Miss Mexico also faced the final question round where she was asked to share how she would have handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I believe there is not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19,” she explained. “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.”
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