(UPDATED) Mexico's Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe 2020 on Sunday, May 16, 2021 (US time), besting contestants from 73 other countries and territories.
Meza, 26, succeeded Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, who was the longest-reigning queen due to a hiatus in 2020 caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) May 17, 2021 Julia Gama of Brazil was the first runner-up in the competion, followed by Janick Maceta of Peru (second runner-up), Adline Castelino of India (third runner-up) and Kimberly Jimenez of Dominican Republic (fourth runner-up).
During her final statement, Gama expounded on the topic of changing beauty standards. "We live in a society that more and more is more than advanced and as we advance as a society, we've also advanced with stereotypes. Nowadays, beauty isn't only the way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirits but also in hearts and how we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you you are not valuable," Meza said in Spanish.
FINAL STATEMENT: Mexico. #MISSUNIVERSE
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— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) May 17, 2021 Meza lamented that an immediate lockdown should have taken place at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic when asked by Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee how she would have handled the situation if she was the leader of her country. "I believe there's not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as Covid-19. However, I believe that what I would've done was create the lockdown even before everything was that big [the Covid-19 situation] because we lost so many lives and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people. That's why I would've taken care of them since the beginning," Meza said.
Final questions are here! The first to go is Mexico. #MISSUNIVERSE
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— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) May 17, 2021 The Philippines' bet Rabiya Mateo ended her Miss Universe journey in the top 21, who also strutted the stage during the swimsuit competition.
Yes, Philippines! @EmaSavahl #MISSUNIVERSE
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— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) May 17, 2021
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According to its website, the Miss Universe Organization is a global, inclusive organization that celebrates women of all cultures and backgrounds and empowers them to realize their goals through experiences that build self- confidence and create opportunities for success.
Miss Universe 2020 was hosted by Mario Lopez and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and was held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, United States. (JGS)