Miss Universe 2021 Coronation Night: Live Coverage
Take a look at the latest updates and photos from the most beautiful day in the Universe, live from Israel
Who will bring home the crown from this year's Miss Universe competition?
Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez is in Eilat, Israel to represent our country in the most beautiful day in the Universe.
Check back here from more updates as we go along!
The night began with the first five girls from the Top 16 slowly being announced. Currently, the countries that have made it to the semi-finals are: Cleménce Botino, France; Valeria Ayos, Colombia; Nandita Banna, Singapore; Brenda Smith, Panama; and Michelle Marie Colón Ramírez, Puerto Rico.
The next five girls announced are: Chantel O’Brian, The Bahamas; Juri Watanabe, Japan; Emma Collingridge, Great Britain; Elle Smith, USA; and Harnaaz Sandhu, India. This is the first time that The Bahamas made it to the semi-finals in the pageant's 70+ year history.
We're in! The Philippines makes it to the Top 16 with Beatrice Luigi Gomez answering a quick question from Steve Harvey.
The countries in through the Top 16 are: Kim Nguyen, Vietnam; Thessaly Zimmerman, Aruba; Nadia Ferreira, Paraguay; Beatrice Luigi Gomez, the Philippines; Luiseth Materan, Venezuela; and Lalela Mswane, South Africa.
Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza also showed up briefly for a quick appearance, announcing that she is set to be the newest presenter of Telemundo.
The Top 10 finalists of the Miss Universe competition are Paraguay, Puerto Rico, USA, India, South Africa, the Bahamas, the Philippines, France, Colombia, and Aruba.
Entering the Top 5 and moving onto the Q&A portion are: India, South Africa, Paraguay, Colombia, and the Philippines.
Check out the transcript from the Q&A portion of the Top 5 delegates:
Many people think climate change is a hoax. What would you do to convince them otherwise?
India: Honestly my heart breaks to see how nature is going through a lot of problems and it’s all due to our irresponsible behavior and I totally see that this is the time to take actions and talk less because each action could either kill or save nature. Prevent and protect is better than repent and repair and this is what I’m trying to convince you guys today.
Should tweets and social media comments from a person in their teenage years be held against them years later?
South Africa: I believe that everybody should be held accountable for their actions and if a person doesn’t know how act on social media, they should be cancelled. I believe in cancel culture. In the same breath, I also believe in redemption culture, hoping that the person has matured, and has learned better and done better. I hope that they could do better and be redeemed. So I do believe that they can grow and be allowed again to do that.
How can a woman best handle body shaming?
Paraguay: Our body is our temple so we must take care of it. Our inner beauty is what really matters. Let’s cultivate our inner beauty so it can reflect on our external beauty. Thank you.
How would the world be different if more women were in charge?
Colombia: Women are leaders by nature. We have the power to raise our voice and make transcendental decisions in society as role models make an example, but not just with words, with actions. That’s why women raising our voice as in this platform called Miss Universe, we are taking charge of our lives and deciding what we want to have in society in order to make it a better one. So, women, let’s raise our voice and make us a better, united universe.
Given the ever-changed COVID situation, what is your opinion of mandating a universal vaccine passport?
Philippines: I believe that public health is everyone’s responsibility. And to mandate vaccine inoculation is necessary and if mandating vaccine passport in regulating the rollouts of vaccine and mitigate the situation of the pandemic today, then I would agree to mandating the necessary passport of vaccination.
The Top 3—South Africa (Lalela Mswane), India (Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu), and Paraguay (Nadia Tamara Ferreira)—answer the same question: "What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?"
South Africa: I would implore young women today to choose courage over comfort every opportunity they get. I also like women to know that since the beginning of time, they’ve had anything—everything, rather—within them to achieve anything they’ve wanted, it was unfortunately the world that would convince us that we do not.
India: Well I think the biggest pressure the youth is facing is to believe in themselves, to know that you are unique and that’s what makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things happening worldwide. I think this is what you need to understand. 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’s why I’m standing here today.
Paraguay: I’ve been through so many hard situations in my life but I overcame it. I want all women, all persons who are watching in this moment, to join forces, to do what you’re meant to do because you can do it, no matter the situation, you can overcome it and you can always be victorious.
And there we are! Your Miss Universe 2021 is Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, of India!
Paraguay and South Africa win 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner-Up, respectively.