Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza, 26, was crowned Miss Universe 2021 on Sunday night in Hollywood, Florida. While it is an apolitical function, Miss Myanmar gave it a political touch by highlighting the plight of her country.
Here’s how the event unfolded after one year of pandemic-infused cancellation….
The 21 finalists were on the stage, revealing their costume designs and giving performances before the judges. American actor Mario Lopez and television personality Olivia Culpo were hosting the event and assisting the competition analysts and commentators that include winner of the 2017 title Demi-Leigh Tebow and former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst and Paulina Vega.
The competition drew close between Mexico, Brazilian, and Peruvian finalists and the panelists voted for Miss Mexico. Andrea Meza finished first and crowned Miss Universe 2021 in the grand event.
The world saw Andrea Meza being crowned….
A teary-eyed Andrea Meza performed the catwalk in a sparkling red evening gown for the first time as Miss Universe 2021 and rushed back to get a group hug from fellow contestants on finishing the catwalk.
Miss Myanmar gave the event a political touch….
Miss Myanmar, Thuzar Wint Lwin made up to the top 21 and used the precious time to draw the attention of the world towards the plight of her country.
She said that their people were dying and being shot by the military every day. She urged everyone in the event to talk about Myanmar. Her pictures of taking part in anti-coup protests were also displayed in her biographical video.
Miss Myanmar, Thuzar Wint Lwin won the award for the best national costume. Dressed in a beaded outfit in a traditional Burmese pattern, she displayed a card that read “Pray for Myanmar.” Myanmar is witnessing violence due to a coup. The military has killed 796 people and put 4,000 people behind bars for opposing the coup.