After the event’s cancellation due to the global pandemic in 2020, Miss Universe 2021 was held on the 16th of May in Hollywood, Florida. Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza, was crowned as Miss Universe for the year 2020 ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists. This year marked the 69th installment of the event.
Miss Universe Andrea Meza on stage right after being crowned
On the other hand, India’s Adline Castelino made history as she served as the third runner-up for the event. Attaining the highest placement India has gained in this beauty pageant, she broke the record created by Celina Jaitly who had been the fourth runner-up way back in 2001.
A few other contestants made it to the headlines with their strong social and political statements in the national costume segment of the pageant. Miss Myanmar, Thuzar Wint Lwin, used her stage time to draw the attention of the world towards the genocide by the military coup in her state. Adorned in a traditional costume of her home country, she walked the runway while unveiling a banner that read “Pray for Myanmar”. She also ended up winning the particular segment.
Among the others were Miss Singapore and Miss Uruguay. While Miss Singapore, Bernadette Belle Wu Ong, fluttered a red and white (colours of the Singaporean national flag) cape that read “Stop Asian Hate”, Miss Uruguay, Lola de los Santos, wore a rainbow-themed costume with the words “No more hate, violence, rejection, discrimination” on it.
The two women were pointing towards the increased racism and violence against the Asian community and the rights of the LGBTQ community respectively.
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