Harnaaz Sandhu Biography – Harnaaz Sandhu Wiki
Harnaaz Sandhu (full name Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu) is an Indian actress, model and closet singer. She is the beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2021 on December 12, 2021, at Universe Dome in Eilat, Israel. She is the third entrant from India to win the Miss Universe title after Bollywood actresses Sushmita Sen in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000.
She had been previously crowned Miss Diva Universe 2021. She was additionally crowned as Femina Miss India Punjab in 2019, and placed as a semifinalist at Femina Miss India 2019. She is a strong advocate for women’s empowerment, particularly their constitutional rights to education, careers, and their freedom of choice.
Her favorite actor is Indian actress and Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra, and she draws inspiration from her body of work. In her spare time, Harnaaz enjoys the company of friends, loves yoga, dancing, cooking, horse riding, and playing chess. She is a water baby and never misses a chance to jump into a pool to rejuvenate herself. She believes in the saying – “Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.”
Harnaaz Sandhu Miss Universe 2021
Harnaaz Sandhu was officially crowned Miss Universe 2021 on December 12, 2021, at Universe Dome in Eilat, Israel. She won the prestigious title after defeating 79 other contestants – including runner-up Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira and second runner-up Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane – from various nations around the world competing for the crown.
After winning the crown, the 21-year-old screamed, “Chak de Phatte India,” a Punjabi exclamation similar in meaning to “Let’s do this, India!” Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza from Mexico presented her with the prestigious crown, after which she took her first walk as the new Miss Universe on the stage in Eilat, Israel.
The pageant included traditional displays of national costumes, swimwear and a series of interview questions to test contestants’ public speaking skills. Harnaaz was asked by a panel of judges: “What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?”
In her answer, she said: “The biggest pressure the youth of today is facing, is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. Come out, speak for yourself, because you are the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that is why I am standing here today (sic).”
The pageant was touched by politics and the pandemic. A grassroots Palestinian-led boycott movement had urged contestants to skip the event to protest Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel wrote: “We urge all participants to withdraw, to avoid complicity in Israel’s apartheid regime and its violation of Palestinian human rights.”
The 80 contestants also included Miss Morocco Kawtar Benhalima and Miss Bahrain Manar Nadeem Deyani, whose Muslim-majority nations normalised ties with Israel in 2020. In the end, only Indonesia and Malaysia, nations that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel, did not send a representative, citing the global COVID-19 situation, not Israel’s rights record, Aljazeera reported.
Harnaaz Sandhu Age
She was born Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu on 3 March 2000, in Chandigarh, India.
Harnaaz Sandhu Parents
Harnaaz Sandhu grew up working with her mother at health camps addressing women’s health and menstrual hygiene. She “draws her inspiration from her mother, who broke generations of patriarchy to become a successful gynecologist and led her family,” according to her Miss Universe delegate bio. Her father’s name is Pritampal Singh Sandhu and her mother’s name is Dr Rabinder Kaur Sandhu. Her father is in the real estate business. Her mother is a senior medical officer and gynecologist at a hospital in Mohali.
Harnaaz Sandhu Family
She was born in a Sikh family. She is extremely close to her family.
Harnaaz Sandhu Husband
Is Harnaaz Sandhu married? She is unmarried. Participants in the Miss Universe pageant must be between the ages of 18 and 28 and should not be married or have a child. Also little is known about Harnaaz Sandhu’s boyfriend.
Harnaaz Sandhu Height
She stands at a height of 5 feet 9+1⁄2 inches (1.76 m).
Harnaaz Sandhu Nationality
She is of Indian nationality.
Harnaaz Sandhu Religion
She was born in a Sikh family. Sikhs “are people associated with Sikhism, a monotheistic religion that originated in the 15th century in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, based on the revelation of Guru Nanak,” according to Wikipedia.
Harnaaz Sandhu Movies
She has starred in films such as Yaara Diyan Poo Baran and Bai Ji Kuttange. According to her Miss Universe delegate bio, Harnaaz has “two Punjabi LMS slated for release in 2022 and hopes to essay characters in LMS that break stereotypes that the world has of women.”
Harnaaz Sandhu Instagram
Her Instagram handle is @harnaazsandhu_03. Her Instagram bio reads, “Actor/Model. Shine like the whole Universe is yours. MISS UNIVERSE 2021.”