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Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu visits Colombia for Smile Train

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Reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu has arrived in Colombia for her first official visit to the country to participate in activities for Smile Train, a nonprofit organization and charity providing corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates. Headquartered in New York City and founded in 1999, Smile Train provides free corrective cleft surgery in 87 countries, training local doctors and providing hospital funding for the procedures. Together with the reigning Miss Universe Colombia María Fernanda Aristizábal Urrea, Harnaaz visited cleft patients and beneficiaries in Medellín during the commemoration of World Smile Day on Friday, October 7. While in the South American country, the Indian beauty queen also had the chance to reunite with pageant sister, former Miss Universe Colombia and Miss Universe 2021 Top 5 finalist Valeria Ayos. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu (@harnaazsandhu_03) Photos: Valeria Ayos, Harnaaz Sand

Priyanka Chopra and Harnaaz Sandhu met at Global Citizen Festival in NYC

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Two trailblazing and highly accomplished Indian women met each other on Saturday, September 24 during the Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park. The Global Citizen, a non-profit organization dedicated to driving change and making an impact, celebrated its 10th year anniversary with former Miss World Priyanka Chopra as host. Nick Jonas' wife also just recently attended as a speaker at the United Nations General Assembly, also in NYC, where she talked mainly about its top agenda this year which is the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to last night's show, Priyanka shared the behind-the-scenes with the caption: "Global Citizen Festival and the incredible team behind the mission statement take the saying “it takes a village” to another level. Today you will witness everyone’s hard work and united movement to end extreme Global Poverty." Reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu also attended the meaningful event as one of the speakers where she talke

Harnaaz Sandhu honored as 'Madrina' of the Latino Commission on AIDS

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Reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu was designated as "Madrina" of the Latino Commission on AIDS on Tuesday, September 20 in New York City. The title, meaning godmother, was given to the 22-year-old for her dedication and commitment to the Latino Commission on Aids in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Latino communities. "Such a beautiful day spent ... and I am truly thankful to be named the '2022 Madrina' of the Latino Commission on AIDS. I’m both honored to take on this role, as well as grateful to the Miss Universe organization for giving me this opportunity to carry on their commitment to this cause," she wrote on social media. "I’m excited to join in support of the Latino Commission on Aids and its dedication for over 30 years of working to prevent HIV and advancing access to care in the Latino and global community," she added. Harnaaz, who looked gorgeous in a red dress by New York & Company at the event, also encouraged everyone to

Meet the winners of Miss Divine Beauty 2022

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The Miss Divine Beauty 2022 national competition was held last Saturday, September 3 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. A total of 27 finalists took part in the glittering event to win the titles at stake and the opportunity to represent India on the global stage. Vanshika Parmar, a 19-year-old student from Himachal Pradesh, was crowned Miss Earth India 2022 in her second attempt at Miss Divine Beauty. She succeeds Rashmi Madhuri and will now prepare to represent her country at Miss Earth 2022 in the Philippines this November. The title of Miss Global India 2022 went to 22-year-old future pharmacist Mansi Chourasiya. She is expected to compete in the Miss Global 2023 pageant in Vietnam. Muskan Khariwal, Sukraty Saxena, Arushi Thakur, and Simran Singh Gurjar completed the Top 6 finalists. "I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a part of the nation's most pertinent, impactful, gratifying, and worthwhile beauty competition that sets aside a legacy of grace and du

Meet the winners of Glamanand Supermodel India 2022

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The Glamanand Supermodel India 2022 final competition took place on Sunday, September 4 at Zee Studios in a city of rich cultural heritage, Jaipur. Kashish Methwani, 21, was named Miss International India 2023 and will represent her country at the Miss International 2023 pageant. Her predecessor, last year's titleholder Zoya Afroz will compete in Miss International 2022 in Japan this December. The title of Miss Grand India 2022 went to 24-year-old Praachi Nagpal, who was crowned by Miss Grand India 2020 Simran Sharma. She will travel to Indonesia this October to compete in Miss Grand International 2022. Jigyasa Sharma and Arshina Sumbul were the first and second runners-up, respectively. A total of 29 beauties competed in the glittering event. Reigning Miss Grand International Nguyen Thuy Thuc Tien of Vietnam and MGI Organization Vice President Teresa Chaivisut were special guests. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Glamanand Supermodel India (@glamana

Miss Divine Beauty 2022: Meet the Top 27 finalists

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Miss Divine Beauty 2022 national pageant officially kicked off on August 28 with the arrival of the finalists in New Delhi. The grand coronation will be held on September 3 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where Rashmi Madhuri, the reigning Miss Earth India, will crown her successor at the end. This year's winners will represent India at Miss Earth 2022 and Miss Global 2023. Meet the Top 27 finalists: Alisha Sharma Annu Hooda Apala Rajvanshi Arshiya Sareen Arushi Thakur Bhawana Vaishnav Chesta Mathuria Komal Khillare Kirtin Shukla Manasi Chourasiya Muskan Khariwal Neeraja Jyothish Ruta Deshpande Sandhya Gowda Shivani Khare Simran Singh Gurjar Sonam Hire Sukraty Saxena Sukrity Sinha Suman Singh Tanvi Deshmukh Udeesha Singh Vanshika Parmar Varsha Singh Chauhan Vidyashree Sriwasti Vipra Mehta Yukti Chauhan Vote for your favorite finalists to advance to the Top 10 on the official website of Miss Divine Beauty . The two most voted finalists will also advance to the Top 6. Photos: Miss D

CROWNING MOMENT: Harnaaz Sandhu crowns Divita Rai as LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2022

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The 10th Miss Diva edition has just concluded in Mumbai and finally the LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2022 (Miss Universe India) Divita Rai has been officially crowned. India's representative to the 71st Miss Universe pageant received her crown from Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu at the end of the highly celebrated event. The new Miss Diva, 24, is no stranger to pageantry as she was last year's second runner-up and bagged three special awards (Miss Lifestyle, Miss IQ, and Miss Sudoku). Divita will now prepare to pull off a back-to-back win at Miss Universe 2022. The date and venue for the international pageant are yet to be announced. Photos: Miss Diva

LIVA Miss Diva 2022: Divita Rai to represent India at Miss Universe 2022

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The LIVA Miss Diva 2022 grand coronation ceremony that took place on Sunday, August 28 at the Famous Studios in Mumbai unveiled three new Indian queens. Divita Rai, a 24-year-old architecture graduate from Karnataka was named Liva Miss Diva Universe 2022 and will represent India at Miss Universe 2022. She was second runner-up during last year's Miss Diva edition. Pragnya Ayyagari was announced Liva Miss Diva Supranational 2022 and will go to Miss Supranational 2023 while Ojasvi Sharma was awarded the title Liva Miss Popular Choice 2022. The glittering show was attended by last year's winner and reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu who was awarded Pride of India by the Times of India Managing Director, Mr. Vineet Jain. "Harnaaz, words fall short every time we describe the pride and honor you've brought to our country on a global stage. May you keep shining bright and continue to do so in the future," the Miss Diva Organization shared on social media. India's s

Harnaaz Sandhu and Lara Dutta shares red carpet moment at LIVA Miss Diva 2022 grand coronation

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Reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta were captured together during the LIVA Miss Diva 2022 grand coronation ceremony on Sunday, August 28 in Mumbai. The iconic moment was shared by Miss Diva Organization on social media with the caption: "The picture that will go down in history!" Crowned 21 years apart, Lara won India's second Miss Universe title during the 49th edition held on May 12, 2000, at the Eleftheria Indoor Hall in Nicosia, Cyprus while Harnaaz conquered the 70th edition at the Universe Dome in Eilat, Israel on December 13, 2021. The highly anticipated LIVA Miss Diva 2022 will unveil India's representatives to the upcoming Miss Universe 2022, and Miss Supranational 2023. Catch the show streaming free on voot , the Miss Diva exclusive streaming partner from September 12 onwards. Photo: Miss Diva

Harnaaz Sandhu returns to India to crown successor as Miss Diva Universe

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Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu is back in India for the coronation of Miss Diva 2022 which is scheduled to be held this Sunday, August 28 in Mumbai. Crowning her successor as Miss Diva Universe (Miss Universe India) on the national stage where it all began will be a full circle moment for the 22-year-old beauty queen from Chandigarh. How did they know?  —  that she was ready to take on the world. From the moment she won her national title, to winning her country's third Miss Universe title after 21 years, and becoming one of the most impactful and aspirational Miss Universe queens of all time - what an incredible journey it has been! This year's upcoming event, powered by LIVA, will also be the 10th year anniversary celebration for the national pageant. Having Harnaaz back on the stage as reigning Miss Universe makes it even more special. During the show, Miss Diva Supranational Ritika Khatnani, who placed in the Top 12 at Miss Supranational 2022, will also crown her success

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu appears on 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'

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Reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu guested in an episode of "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" that aired on Thursday, August 18 on Comedy Central. The Indian beauty was wearing a red dress by Wight Elephant Boutique and completed the ensemble with jewelry from Designer Dream Collection (DDC) and shoes from GUESS. During the interview with the award-winning South African comedian, Harnaaz shared how her mother inspired her advocacy for menstrual equity and taught Trevor some Bollywood dance moves. The topic of bullying was also brought up and Harnaaz confessed to being disheartened by the bashings on her weight gain but she never allow them to define who she is. For the 22-year-old, being timid and weak isn't the right way to be impactful and inspirational to the youngsters who look up to her. "I want to tell them that inspiration starts within you. If you inspire yourself, that's how you can inspire a lot of people outside too," she said. Here's the f

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu to judge Miss South Africa 2022

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Reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu has been announced to be part of the selection committee for the upcoming Miss South Africa 2022 pageant. The Indian beauty will join former queens Zozibini Tunzi (Miss Universe 2020) and Rolene Strauss (Miss World 2014) at the judging table to select the next South African representatives for Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Supranational. For her advice to the Top 10 finalists, Harnaaz said: "Be authentic! Use every minute and moment to showcase your true self, not only to the judges but to the people you are working with, those who are working on the production, your fans, and the global audience who is watching! This is your time to shine and make the most out of this magical storyline you have chosen to be a part of." Miss South Africa 2022 will air live from the SunBet Arena at Time Square, Pretoria on Saturday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. local time. Photo: Miss South Africa

Miss Continentes Unidos 2022: India wins Best in National Costume, Philippines (second), Paraguay (third)

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India's Sushmita Naveen Singh has been announced the winner of the Miss Continentes Unidos 2022 Best in National Costume. The event took place on Monday, August 1 at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Joanna Camelle Mercado of the Philippines placed second while Gretha Matiauda of Paraguay placed third. The 15th edition of the Miss United Continents pageant will be held on Saturday, August 6 at Parque Las Vegas in the city of Portoviejo. A total of 25 contestants will battle it out for the title currently held by Colombia's Anairis Cadavid, who won in 2019. Photos: Organización Miss Continentes Unidos

Femina Miss India 2022 is Sini Shetty

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The 58th Femina Miss India pageant was held on Sunday, July 3 at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. A 21-year-old Bharatanatyam dancer from Karnataka, Sini Shetty, bested 29 other contestants to win the title of Femina Miss India 2022. Rubal Shekhawat from Rajasthan and Shinata Chauhan from Uttar Pradesh were respectively named the first and second runners-up while Gargee Nandy and Pragnya Ayyagari completed the Top 5 finalists. Last year's winner and 70th Miss World Top 13 placer, Manasa Varanasi, crowned her successor at the end of the event. The new Femina Miss India holds a degree in accounting and finance, and currently pursuing CFA as a professional course. She will now prepare to represent India at the 71st Miss World pageant. Femina Miss India 2022 Top 3 Photos: Femina Miss India

India's Deep Supriyam crowned Miss Elite 2022 in Egypt

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India's Deep Supriyam was crowned Miss Elite 2022 in an international pageant held last Friday, June 10 at Somabay, a modern town resort on the Red Sea in Egypt. The 28-year-old textile and costume designer from Mumbai succeeds last year's titleholder from Mexico, Fernanda Pumar. She bested over 30 other contestants to win the competition. "My parents always offered me the freedom to be whoever I wanted to be, and maybe that’s the reason I’ve achieved few precious things in life and yet to achieve more," she shared on social media. "I know that there are many women out there with a seed of dream they think one can live, to all those girls, go live it, enjoy each moment of reaching to it, because once you’re there it’s beautiful but the most memorable is the journey to it, it’s thrilling, challenging your patience, capability, belief and so much more when no one else sees it," she added. Shanon Tampon of the Philippines was named the first runner-up while Val

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu visits the Philippines

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Reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu has finally arrived in the Philippines for her first official visit as an invited special guest for the upcoming Miss Universe Philippines 2022 pageant. The Indian beauty flew on a private plane from Delhi, India to Manila on Sunday, April 24. She wore a colorful dress by Ranna Gill on her arrival. "Mabuhay Universe, it's day one in the Philippines and I am excited to meet the young girls," she said in an Instagram story shared on the Miss Universe official page. Harnaaz was also given the opportunity to talk about her advocacy for menstrual equity, the initiative she launched during her homecoming celebration in India last month. The 22-year-old met with youth leaders from Plan International Philippines on Monday, April 25 to share her journey towards ending period poverty and where she also learned about their experience as change-makers in society. Following her visit to the Philippines, the beauty queen is also expected to travel

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu wins Global Millennial of the Year award

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Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu was awarded Global Millennial of the Year at Grazia Millennial Awards 2022 on Thursday, March 31 in Mumbai. The 22-year-old Indian beauty queen received the award looking gorgeous in a metallic one-shoulder gown by Gaurav Gupta. "I just won Grazia's award and it's out of this world. It is something that's very close to my heart and I got to speak in front of incredible artists who have been inspiring me throughout my journey," she said in an interview shortly after winning the award. "It was really nice to share the stage with them and share my words," she added. Harnaaz is currently back in India for her official homecoming celebration across her country after winning the 70th Miss Universe title last December. Photos: Keegan Crasto / Miss Universe

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu returns home, launches 'menstrual equity' initiative

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Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu of India has returned home for her official homecoming celebrations across her country. Prior to her arrival, the reigning queen shared a series of videos talking about her culture, fashion, humanitarian issues, and more, and where the Miss Universe Organization has defended her from the negative comments on social media about her weight. The Miss Universe pageant and the people behind the prestigious competition continue to stand as an inclusive organization that celebrates all women from different cultures and backgrounds. In a comment on its official page, MUO wrote: "The Miss Universe Organization does not tolerate bullying of any kind. We are a community built to champion, encourage and uplift one another. There is no room for hate here. #StopBullying" Harnaaz has been busy all week traveling to various destinations in India for her nationwide homecoming celebrations. One of the highlights of her trip was the launching of an initiative t