Miss Universe show crowns Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza, as 2021 winner

The coronavirus pandemic allowed 2019 winner Zozibini Tunzi to maintain the crown a little longer

Miss Universe show crowns Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza, as 2021 winner

After a year without the Miss Universe pageant due to this coronavirus pandemic, Andrea Meza of Mexico was crowned Sunday since the most beautiful girl on Earth.

When Meza, who has a software engineering level, beat out out Miss Brazil at the end of the night, she shouted"Viva Mexico!"

Beauty queens from 74 nations and territories participate in the contest but just 21 made it to the final round, E! News reported. There, Meza confronted questions about both attractiveness criteria in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In her closing statement, Miss Mexico was requested to address changing beauty criteria on earth.

"We live in a society that more is much more advanced and as we've progressed as a society, we have innovative with stereotypes," she shared, each the socket. "Today, beauty is not only the way we look. For mepersonally, beauty radiates not only in our souls, but in our hearts and how we conduct ourselves. Never permit a person to tell you that you are not valuable."

Meza was likewise asked how she would have managed the coronavirus pandemic, which compelled the series to cancel its 2020 competition.

"I believe there is not a perfect means to handle this hard situation like COVID-19," she explained. "However, I feel that what I would have done was create the lockdown even before everything was that big because we lost so many lives and we can't afford that. We have to take care of our people. That is why I would have taken care of them since the start."

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

"I always knew my reign as Miss Universe would be unlike any other," Tunzi said of passing the torch in a statement (through E! News). "While it was nothing like what I'd imagined my year to be, this season has opened doors for me personally I could never have imagined. I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect almost with people all over the world and elevate the causes I care about."

Ahead of this pageant, Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, said that they had spent months planning a safe competition that followed similar guidelines as last November's 2020 Miss USA competition held in Memphis.

The Miss Universe competition airs in over 160 lands and countries across the globe including in the U.S around the FYI station and on Telemundo.

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