List of Miss Universe winners from India (1952-2021)

Miss Universe 2021: India's Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu made the country proud by winning the Miss Universe 2021 competition. She became the 3rd person to win the title after Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta. Check out the list of winners from India and runners-up below.
List of Miss Universe winners from India
List of Miss Universe winners from India

Miss Universe 2021: India's actress and model Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu was declared the winner of the Miss Universe 2021 competition. She became the 3rd person to win the title after Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta.  South Africa's Lalela Mswane was declared the second runner-up and Paraguay's Nadia Ferreira was the first runner-up. 

On 12 December 2021, the 70th Miss Universe pageant was held at Universe Dome in Eilat, Israel. The 21-year-old Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu of Punjab, India was crowned by Andrea Meza of Mexico. India has won the title of Miss Universe after twenty-one years. The last was won in 2000 by Lara Dutta.

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Upon being asked, “What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?”

Harnaaz said “The biggest pressure the youth of today is facing, is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. Come out, speak for yourself, because you are the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that is why I am standing here today."

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List of Miss Universe winners from India

Year Winner Brief Description
1994 Sushmita Sen

She was born on 19 November 1975. She is an Indian actress, model, and the winner of the Miss Universe 1994 pageant. 

She was crowned Femina Miss India 1994 at the of 18.

She is the first Indian to win the competition.

She also won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the comedy film Biwi No. 1.

She was also nominated in the category for her roles in Sirf Tum (1999) and Filhaal... (2002). 

2000 Lara Dutta

She was born on 16 April 1978. She is an Indian actress, entrepreneur, and the winner of the Miss Universe 2000 pageant

She was crowned as Miss Intercontinental in 1997.

She worked in Hindi films. She is also the recipient of various accolades including a Filmfare Award. 

In Hindi films, she made her debut with Andaaz (2003), which won her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

2021 Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu

She made her final walk down the ramp as Miss Universe 2021.

She holds multiple titles like Femina Miss India Punjab 2019 and Miss Diva Universe 2021.

She has also worked in Punjabi films such as "Yaara Diyan Poo Baran" and "Bai Ji Kuttange".

She is 21 years old and belongs to a Sikh family from Chandigarh.

According to sources she did higher education from Government College Girls Chandigarh.

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Final results Winners
Miss Universe 2021  Harnaaz Sandhu (India) 
1st Runner-Up

    

 Nadia Ferreira ( Paraguay)

2nd Runner-Up

 Lalela Mswane (South Africa)

Top 5

Valeria Ayos (Colombia)

 Beatrice Gomez (Philippines)

Top 10

Thessaly Zimmerman  (Aruba)

Clemence Botino (France)

Michelle Colon (Puerto Rico)

Chantel O'Brian (The Bahamas)

Elle Smith (United States)

Top 16

Emma Collingridge (Great Britain)

 Juri Watanabe (Japan)

 Brenda Smith (Panama)

 Nandita Banna (Singapore)

 Luiseth Materan (Venezuela)

Nguyen Huynh Kim Duyen (Vietnam)

The Miss Universe pageant was established in June 1952 to empower and celebrate women of all backgrounds. It is a global event that provides a platform for women across the world to realise their goals through various experiences that build self-confidence and generate opportunities for success. 

This year, Harnaaz Sandhu from India won the title of Miss Universe and was crowned by former Miss Universe Andrea Meza of Mexico. After 21 years, India won the title of Miss Universe, and it is a proud moment. Harnaaz Sandhu became the 3rd beauty to win the title after Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta from India. Sushmita Sen won the title of Miss Universe in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000.

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu: Quick Facts

1. A 21-year-old girl made India proud by winning Miss Universe 2021 title after a gap of 21 years.

2. She was born on 3 March 2000 in Chandigarh to a Sikh family. She attended Shivalik Public School, Chandigarh, and the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Chandigarh.

3. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's degree in Public Administration. She can speak Punjabi, English, and Hindi fluently.

4. At the age of 17 she won titles including Miss Chandigarh 2017 and Miss Max Emerging Star India in 2018. In 2019, she won Miss Femina and placed in Top 12 in Femina Miss India in the same year.

5. She was awarded the title Miss Diva 2021 by Adline Castelino.

6. She is good at Mimicry. She loves to mimic everyone and even animals.

7. Harnaaz Sandhu wore the traditional attire in the national costume segment of the Miss Universe 2021 contest. Abhinav Mishra, designed the lehenga and the custom-made umbrella was created by Reza Shariffi. 

About the choice of costume, the 21-year-old said that "it is a royal visual representation of a woman that showcases the Indian queen, strong yet delicate. Its elements are symbolic towards the protection instinct of a woman."

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FAQ

Who is the 1st Runner-Up in Miss Universe pageant 2021?

The 1st Runner-Up in Miss Universe pageant 2021 is Nadia Ferreira from Paraguay.

Who won the title of Miss Universe in 2000?

Lara Dutta from India won the title of Miss Universe in 2000.

Who was the first Miss Universe from India?

Sushmita Sen in 1994 won the Miss Universe title and became the first woman to win it from India.

Who has won Miss Universe from India?

21-year-old India's Harnaaz Sandhu won the Miss Universe title after 21 years. She represented India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021.

How many Miss Universe are from India?

Currently, India's Harnaaz Sandhu won the title of Miss Universe 2021. Before her, two Indians have won the Miss Universe Title. In 2000, Lara Dutta and in 1994 Sushmita Sen won the Miss Universe title from India.
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