Miss Mexico Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe 2021
Published: 12:42 PM, 17 May 2021 Updated: 07:50 PM, 8 June 2021
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe 2021 on Sunday in Florida; Photo: Collected
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza has crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida.
Andrea Meza, 26, finished first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists in a flashy televised event, hosted by American actor Mario Lopez and television personality Olivia Culpo.
Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega and Demi-Leigh Tebow (who won the title in 2017) served as competition analysts and commentators, and a panel of eight women determined the winner.
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.
Meza beat more than 70 contestants from around the globe in the 69th installment of Miss Universe, which was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Meanwhile, Andrea Meza’s fellow contestant Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, who used her stage time to draw attention to the bloody military coup in her country, made it into the top 21.
She also won the award for the best national costume: during that competition segment on Thursday, she wore an outfit beaded in traditional Burmese patterns and held up a sign that said, “Pray for Myanmar.”
The Miss Universe competition’s return to television on Sunday night, after the pageant was canceled in 2020 for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.