Harnaaz Sandhu (21), representing India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021, brought home the crown, two decades after Lara Dutta won the title in 2000.
Harnaaz Sandhu has made the entire country proud by winning the crown for Miss Universe 2021, held in Eilat, Israel. Harnaaz edged out contestants Paraguay and South Africa to bag the crown.
The moment her name was declared as the winner, Harnaaz broke down with tears of joy. She could also be seen joining her hands in gratitude.
Mexico's Andrea Meza, the reigning queen, passed on her crown to the new successor. After being crowned, Harnaaz could be seen celebrating on the stage with her fellow contestants.
Expressing pride in the country's win, Harnaaz said, "Chak de phatte India, chak de phatte."
Harnaaz edged out the first runner-up Paraguay and the second runner-up South Africa.
India had earlier won the coveted crown twice with Sushmita Sen bagging the title in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000.
Harnaaz (21), who hails from Punjab, has now joined the league of these incredible women.
So far, India has won the crown twice with Sushmita Sen in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000.