For the primary time for the reason that onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the world has a brand new Miss Universe.
After Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi received an additional yr with the crown because of COVID-19 canceling the 2020 contest, the title was lastly handed Sunday to Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.
“I’m so honored to have been chosen among the many 73 different wonderful ladies I stood with tonight,” Meza, 26, mentioned in a press release after the 69th annual pageant. “It’s a dream come true to put on the Miss Universe crown, and I hope to serve the world via my advocacy for equality within the yr to come back and past.”
Along with holding the title of probably the most stunning lady on the earth, Meza has a level in software program engineering and is a licensed make-up artist, mannequin, activist and vegan. She hails from Chihuahua Metropolis, Mexico, the place she is also the official “Tourism Model Ambassador.” When she’s not working with the Municipal Institute for Ladies, which advocates for ending gender-based violence, she enjoys sandboarding and rappelling.
Within the competitors’s remaining assertion spherical, Meza addressed the concept magnificence isn’t solely about having a conventionally enticing exterior aesthetic — it’s additionally about one’s internal beliefs.
“We stay in a society that an increasing number of is extra superior and as we’ve superior as a society, we’ve superior with stereotypes,” she mentioned, by way of a translator, E! reported. “These days, magnificence isn’t solely the way in which we glance. For me, magnificence radiates not solely in our spirits, however in our hearts and the way in which we conduct ourselves. By no means allow somebody to let you know that you’re not invaluable.”
“Mexico that is for you,” she wrote, in Spanish, in an Instagram put up asserting her win.
“Confidently stunning,” she captioned a second picture.
Maza took residence the crown Sunday at Seminole Arduous Rock Resort & On line casino in Hollywood, Florida. The occasion was co-hosted by Mario Lopez of “Entry Hollywood” and 2012 Miss Universe winner Olivia Culpo, with a efficiency from Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi.