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Miss Mexico Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe 2021

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Miss Mexico Andrea Meza has been crowned Miss Universe 2021.

After more than a year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Miss Universe competition was finally held on May 16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. It was hosted by Mario Lopez and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, who won the crown in 2012. The show featured a special performance by Luis Fonsi.

Taking home the ultimate crown this year was Miss Mexico Andrea Meza who wowed the selection community with her beauty and brains.

During the final statement round in the Miss Universe competition, Miss Mexico was asked to address the topic of changing beauty standards. “We live in a society that more and more is more 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.”

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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Beauty queens from 74 countries and territories competed in tonight’s pageant. However, just 21 contestants advanced to the final round. After first competing in the swimsuit contest, 10 moved on to the evening gown competition. Five contestants were selected to participate in the question and answer round.

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The last time the Miss Universe pageant was held was in 2019. Then, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, took home the ultimate prize. Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was the first runner-up and Miss Mexico Sofía Aragón was the second runner-up.

Of passing the torch to her successor, Zozibini said in a statement, “I always knew that my reign as Miss Universe would be unlike any other. While it was nothing like what I had imagined my year to be; this year has opened doors for me I could never have imagined. I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect virtually with people all over the world and elevate the causes I care most about.”

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