Andrea Meza of Mexico Officially crowned Miss Universe 2021

Software Engineer and 26-year-old model, Andrea Meza of Mexico has been officially crowned as the Miss Universe 2021.

In a glamorous event which took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on May 16, after a year without the pageant due to the coronavirus pandemic, Meza was crowned by 2019 title holder, Zozibini Tunzi after she beat 21 other contestants who made it to the final round of the competition, to emerge victorious.

Beauty queens from 74 countries and territories competed in the competition but only 21 made it to the final round. There, Meza faced questions about both beauty standards as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In her final statement round, Miss Mexico was asked to address changing beauty standards in the world. 

She said;

“We live in a society that more and more is more advanced and as we have advanced as a society, we have advanced with stereotypes,” she shared, per the outlet. “Nowadays, beauty is not only the way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirits, but in our hearts and the way we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you are not valuable.”

Meza was also asked how she would have handled the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the show to cancel its 2020 competition.

“I believe there is not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19,” she explained. “However, I believe that what I would have done was create the lockdown even before everything was that big because we lost so many lives and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people. That’s why I would have taken care of them since the beginning.” she said

Previous winner Zozibini Tunzi fit the crown on Meza’s head and waited to make sure it would stay in place as Meza beamed and took her first walk to the front of the stage.

Tunzi, a public relations professional who became the first Black woman from South Africa to win the contest, had held the title since December 2019. 

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