Miss India wins Miss Universe. Image: Getty Images.

Miss India wins Miss Universe! Lalela Mswane crowned second runner-up

Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu won the Miss Universe title while Miss SA Lalela Mswane was crowned the second runner-up in Eilat, Israel.


Miss India wins Miss Universe. Image: Getty Images.

Harnaaz Sandhu, who represented India was crowned Miss Universe 2021 in Eilat, Israel on Sunday 12 December and Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane was the second runner-up.


Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu was crowned Miss Universe at the Universe Dome, Port of Eilat in Eilat, Israel on Sunday 12 December. The pageant broadcasted live in South Africa in the early hours of this morning (13 December) due to the time difference. Andrea Meza (Miss Universe 2020) from Mexico presented Harnaaz with the prestigious crown before she took her first walk as Miss Universe 2021.


Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira was crowned the first runner-up and Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane, the second runner-up. 80 contestants from around the world competed in the pageant.

There were two sets of presenters for the event:

  • Fox – Steve Harvey, Carson Kressley and Cheslie Kryst along with performances from JoJo and Noa Kirerl.
  • Telemundo – Jacky Bracamontes and Christian de la Fuente.

The judging committee included,

  • Model Adriana Lima
  • Actress Adamari Lopez 
  • Artist Urvashi Rautela
  • French model and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere
  • Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst
  • Actresses –  Lori Harvey, Marian Rivera and Rena Sofer

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Lalela Mswane wowed at the pageant and secured a spot in top three. She was crowned the second runner-up. Lalela was asked to boycott the pageant because it was held in Israel this year. Israel is described as an apartheid state because of their treatment of Palestinians so the South African government later withdrew support for the beauty queen. Lalela was determined to compete in the pageant despite the controversy that surrounded her.

Miss SA was dubbed “hot pick” on the Miss Universe predictions list and a fan favourite on Twitter during the pageant. Lalela’s strong point was her Q & A session because the Miss Universe pageant dubbed her answers “powerful.”

“What a powerful final answer from South Africa. #MISSUNIVERSE. The 70th MISS UNIVERSE Competition is airing LIVE around the world from Eilat, Israel on @foxtv,” read the tweet.

Here is a look at the top five,

  • India – Harnaaz Sandhu
  • South Africa – Lalela Mswane
  • Paraguay – Nadia Ferreira
  • Colombia – Valeria Maria Ayos Bossa
  • Philippines – Beatrice Luigi Gomez

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