By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Andrea Meza, a software engineer from the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, was crowned Miss Universe 2021 on the night of Sunday, May 16, beating out first runner-up Miss Brazil for the title.
The 26-year-old Meza is the third Mexican to win the competition since it was founded 68 years ago.
In 1991, the title went to Mexican Lupita Jones, and in 2010, Mexican Ximena Navarrete won the title.
A total of 74 women participated in this year’s competition.
“In today’s world, beauty if not just defined by our outward appearances, but also by our spirit, our soul and our values,” Meza said in a brief statement, speaking in Spanish.
“No one should ever allow another person to tell them that they are worthless.”
Meza was crowned by last year’s winner, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, who was the first black woman from that country to win the award.
She had held the title since 2019 since last year’s pageant was canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The Miss Universe 2021 competition was hosted by “Access Hollywood” host Mario López and actress and model Olivia Culpo, and was broadcast live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood in Florida under strict covid-19 sanitary protocols.