Miss India Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu is Miss Universe 2021; Miss Phils Beatrice Luigi Gomez is on Top 5

Miss India Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu is Miss Universe 2021; Miss Phils Beatrice Luigi Gomez is on Top 5

EILAT, ISRAEL—Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu of India is the new Miss Universe 2021.

Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza of Mexico passed the crown to Harnaaz during the 70th edition of the prestigious international pageant which was held at Eilat, Israel last December 12, 2021 (December 13 in the Philippines).

Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira was declared first runnerup while Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane was second runner-up.

Philippines representative to the pageant Beatrice Luigi Gomez made to the Top Five.

Harnaaz is the third Miss Universe winner from India. The first was Sushmita Sen who won the title in 1994 which was held here in the Philippines and the second winner was Lara Dutta in 2000.Meanwhile, Beatrice continued the ongoing streak of the Philippines who made it to the semifinals in the Miss Universe. Venus Raj started it as fourth runnerup in 2010, followed by Shamcey Supsup who was third runnerup in 2011, Janine Tugonon who was first runnerup in 2012, Ariella Arida who was third runner-up in 2013, and Mary Jean Lastimosa who made it to the Top 10 in 2014.

Pia Wurtzbach won the third Miss Universe  crown in  2015.

Maxine Medina entered the semifinals in 2016 and Rachel Peter in 2017.

Then Catriona Gray brought home the MIss Universe again in 2018.  In 2019, Gazini Ganados made it to the Top 20 in 2019 and Rabiya Mateo in 2020.

Marian Rivera cheers on Beatrice as she tells Pinoy fans: “Proud tayo, di ba?

Actress Marian Rivera who was one of the selection committee in the recent Miss Universe 2021 pageant was fully supportive of the Philippines bet Beatrice Luigi Gomez even if she failed to get the crown for the country.

She made it to the Top 5 but was left behind for the Top 3.

As the coronation night ended, Marian went up the stage to greet and talk to Beatrice.

A video showed that the Kapuso actress had a moment with the Cebuana beauty. Marian hugged Beatrice to the delight of the Pinoy supporters in the audience. They had a talk but was obviously covered by the noise of the event.

There was a part in the video when Marian faced the Pinoy supporters and told the fans: “Proud tayo, di ba?”

This was followed by shrieks and shouts as a sign of agreement to Marian’s statement.

Beatrice was obviously so delighted because she was included in the Top 5 finalists.

On the same breath, one of the highlights of the pageant for the Filipino fans was Marian’s inclusion as one of the judges of the Miss Universe 2021 pageant.

In fact, she was on top of the trending topic in the Philippines this December 13, the day of the pageant.

Filipinos are elated over the two Pinays— Marian and Beatrice— who brought honor to the country in the Miss Universe 2021.(ECD/MTVN)