Andrea Meza of Mexico has crowned Miss Universe for the 69th time. The pageant, which took place on May 16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Hotel in Florida, also known as the Guitar Hotel, was broadcast live and featured contestants from all over the country. Miss Universe Zozobini Tunzi of South Africa came before Meza.
At the same time, Peruvian Janick Maceta came second. Adline Castelino of India placed third, and Kimberly Perez of the Dominican Republic placed third.
The Miss Universe pageant returned on television on Sunday night, after being canceled for the first time in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Andrea had to compete for the prestigious title against 73 other stunning women from all over the country, including Miss India Adeline Castelino, who was also a serious contender. Miss Brazil, Miss Peru, and Miss Dominican Republic joined Castelino in the top five. Andrea’s victory made history by making her the only Mexican woman to be crowned Miss Universe.
Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega, and Demi-Leigh Tebow (the 2017 Miss Universe winner) stood as competition analysts and experts, and the winner was decided by an eight-woman jury.
Meza tearfully crossed the catwalk as Miss Universe for the first time, before running out for a group hug with the other contestants, dressed in a dazzling red evening gown.
Andrea Meza, in addition to being a model, is a software engineer who is passionate about gender inequality and violence. During the pageant, she also made some controversial remarks. The 26-year-old is the daughter of Alma Carmona and Santiago Meza, and was born on August 13 in Chihuahua City. She is the younger of two sisters and is of Chinese descent. In 2017, she earned her bachelor’s degree in software engineering from the Autonomous University of Chihuahua.
“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said during her biographical video, which showed photos of her taking part in the anti-coup protests. “Therefore I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar.”
She also received the award for best national costume: she wore an ensemble beaded in traditional Burmese designs and put up a sign that read, “Pray for Myanmar.” during the competition segment on Thursday.