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If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining✨ Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu

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If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining✨ Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu

Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu was born in 3 March 2000, is an Indian model, actress, 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. 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. Her father is a realtor and her mother is a gynecologist. She also has an elder brother named Harnoor. Sandhu was raised in a Jat Sikh family.

In 2006, the family moved to England, before returning to India two years later and settling in Chandigarh, where Sandhu grew up. 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. In addition to her native language Punjabi, Sandhu is also fluent in Hindi and English.

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.

After winning the title of Femina Miss India Punjab 2019, Sandhu competed in Femina Miss India, where she ultimately placed in the Top 12. As Miss Diva 2021, Sandhu received the right to represent India at Miss Universe 2021. The competition was held on 13 December 2021 in Eilat, Israel. 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. Following her win, she became the third Indian woman to win the crown.

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

In January 2022, she visited the Godslove Nyc, a community service for providing medically tailored meals for people with illness. She also had a photoshoot with Fadil Berisha. On January 30, she attended the New York Islanders hockey match as a flag raising captain to raise money for Smile Train.

In February 2022, she did a photoshoot for the YouC1000 softdrink commercial in Los Angeles. In her capacity as Miss Universe, Sandhu has traveled to Israel, the United States and her home country of India.

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