Harnaaz Sandhu

Harnaaz Sandhu
Harnaaz after being crowned MISS UNIVERSE 2021.jpg
Harnaaz after being crowned Miss Universe 2021
Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu

(2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 21)
  • Actress
  • model
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleFemina Miss India Punjab 2019
Miss Diva Universe 2021
Miss Universe 2021
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
Femina Miss India 2019
(Top 12)
Miss Diva Universe 2021
Miss Universe 2021

Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu (born 3 March 2000) is an Indian model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2021. Sandhu had been previously crowned Miss Diva Universe 2021, and is the third entrant from India to win Miss Universe.

Sandhu was also crowned Femina Miss India Punjab in 2019, and placed as a semifinalist at Femina Miss India 2019.

Early life and education

Sandhu was born in the village of Kohali in Gurdaspur district, Punjab, close to the city of Batala, to parents Pritampal Singh Sandhu and Rabinder Kaur Sandhu.[1] Her father is a realtor and her mother is a gynecologist. She also has an elder brother named Harnoor.[1] Sandhu was raised in a Jat Sikh family.[2][1]

In 2006, the family moved to England, before returning to India two years later and settling in Chandigarh, where Sandhu grew up.[1] She attended Shivalik Public School and the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, both in Chandigarh. Prior to becoming Miss Universe, Sandhu was pursuing a master's degree in public administration.[3] Sandhu is fluent in Hindi and English, apart from her mother tongue, Punjabi.[4]


Sandhu began competing in pageantry as a teenager, winning titles such as Miss Chandigarh 2017 and Miss Max Emerging Star India 2018. At first, Sandhu did not tell her father when she registered for her first pageant, and only informed him of her participation after she won; despite this, he was accepting of her decision to pursue pageantry.[1]

After winning the title of Femina Miss India Punjab 2019, Sandhu competed in Femina Miss India, where she ultimately placed in the Top 12.[5][6]

Miss Diva 2021

On 16 August 2021, Sandhu was shortlisted as one of the Top 50 semifinalists of Miss Diva 2021. Later on 23 August, she was confirmed as one of the Top 20 finalists that would compete in the televised Miss Diva competition. During the preliminary competition held on 22 September, Sandhu won the Miss Beautiful Skin award and became a finalist for Miss Beach Body, Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Photogenic, and Miss Talented.[7][8]

In the Miss Diva 2021 contest's opening statement round during the grand finale, Sandhu, as one of the top 10 semifinalist, stated:

"From a young girl with fragile mental health who faced bullying and body shaming to a woman who emerged like a phoenix, realising her true potential. From an individual who once doubted her own existence to a woman who is aspiring to inspire the youth. Today, I stand proudly in front of the Universe as a courageous, vivacious and a compassionate woman who is all set to lead a life with a purpose, and to leave behind a remarkable legacy."[9][10]

She was selected in the succeeding round of the competition.[10] During the final question and answer round, the top 5 contestants were each given different topics to speak, which the contestants themselves picked through draw. Sandhu had selected "Global Warming and Climate Change", to which she conveyed:

"One day, life will flash before your eyes, make sure it's worth watching. However, this is not the life you want to watch, where the climate is changing and the environment is dying. It is one of the fiasco that us humans have done to the environment. I do believe that we still have time to undo our irresponsible behaviour. Earth is all we have in common and our small acts as individuals when multiplied by billions can transform the whole world. Start now, from tonight, switch off those extra lights when not in use. Thank you."[11]

At the end of the event, Sandhu was crowned as the winner by outgoing titleholder Adline Castelino.[11]

Miss Universe 2021

As Miss Diva 2021, Sandhu received the right to represent India at Miss Universe 2021.[12] The competition was held on 13 December 2021 in Eilat, Israel.[13] Sandhu advanced from the initial pool of 80 contestants into the top sixteen, later advancing to the top ten, top five, and top three, before being crowned as the winner.[14][15] Following her win, she became the third Indian woman to win the crown.[16][17][18]

As Miss Universe, Sandhu will reside in New York City and participate in several events and appearances throughout the world.

In her capacity as Miss Universe, Sandhu has traveled to Israel and her home country of India.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Once a small-town girl, Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu capturing hearts across globe". Hindustan Times. 14 December 2021.
  2. ^ "मिस यूनिवर्स के लिए ऐसे तैयारी कर रही हैं हरनाज संधू, तीनों ही स्टार्स ने खोले जिंदगी के राज". Times Now (in Hindi). 11 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Who is Harnaaz Sandhu? The Miss Universe 2021 from India". Hindustan Times. 13 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe 2021 From Punjab (The Land of Farmers) Makes India Proud". Krishi Jagran. 14 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Crowning the winners of Miss India North 2019". timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  6. ^ "Miss India 2019 Contestants". beautypageants.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 13 December 2021
  7. ^ "Unveiling of LIVA Miss Diva 2021 Top 50 Contestants!". beautypageants.indiatimes.com.
  8. ^ "Presenting the winners of LIVA Miss Diva 2021 sub-contest". beautypageants.indiatimes.com.
  9. ^ "'Want to make India proud at Miss Universe 2021': Harnaaz Sandhu". The Indian Express. 11 October 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Chandigarh's Harnaaz Sandhu crowned winner of LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021". The Tribunal. 1 October 2021. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Chandigarh's Harnaaz Sandhu crowned LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021". beautypageants.indiatimes.com.
  12. ^ "Harnaaz Sandhu Is Miss Universe India 2021, Ritika Khatnani Wins Miss Diva Supranational 2022 Title". latestly.com. 30 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Miss Universe 2021 to be held in Israel, Steve Harvey to return as host". USA Today. 20 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  14. ^ "LIVE UPDATES: 70th Miss Universe coronation". CNN Philippines. 13 December 2021. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  15. ^ "India's Harnaaz Sandhu is crowned Miss Universe 2021". CNN. 12 December 2021.
  16. ^ "India's Harnaaz Sandhu wins Miss Universe 2021". Philippine Star. 13 December 2021.
  17. ^ "Harnaaz Sandhu of India named 70th Miss Universe". San Francisco Chronicle. 12 December 2021.
  18. ^ "India's Harnaaz Sandhu Brings Home Miss Universe Crown After 21 Years". NDTV.com. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  19. ^ "Miss India wins Miss Universe held in Israel amid boycott calls". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 15 December 2021.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Anna Kler
Femina Miss India Punjab
Succeeded by
Karuna Singh
Preceded by Miss Diva Universe
Preceded by Miss Universe


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