The 69th Miss Universe is Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza. She was crowned by the former Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa at the event held in Florida.
Andrea had to compete with 73 other gorgeous women from all over the world for the coveted title out of which Miss India Adeline Castelino was also being considered as a strong contender. Castelino made it to the top five along with Miss Brazil, Miss Peru and Miss Dominican Republic.
Andrea made history with her win as she became the third Mexican woman to be crowned as Miss Universe.
In her final statement, Meza was asked to talk about beauty standards. She said, “We live in a society that more and more is more advanced. As we have advanced as a society we’ve also advanced with stereotypes. Nowadays, beauty is the only way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirit but in our hearts and the way that we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you’re not valuable.”
In 2019, Zozibini Tunzi became the first black woman from South Africa to win the Miss Universe crown