The Miss Universe Pageant held in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, concluded with the coronation of the new Miss Universe, Miss Mexico – Andrea Meza.
The 69th edition of the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant held Sunday night had been delayed for a year due to the pandemic. Beauty queens from 74 countries worldwide flew to the US to take part in the Miss Universe competition.
Paula M. Shugart, the President of the Miss Universe Organization, addressed the questions on the safety of the participants amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have spent months planning and preparing safety precautions to develop this edition of Miss Universe – one that will be memorable, special, and totally innovative,” Shugart said in a statement.
This year’s pageant was hosted by Mario Lopez and co-hosted by former 2012 Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo. The show also featured Luis Fonsi in a special performance.
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza ultimately bested the rest of the 73 candidates. She wowed the selection committee with her beauty and brains. She was crowned with the Mouawad Crown, which according to Mouawad Jewelry, the makers of the Mouawad Miss Universe Power of Unity Crown, is estimated to be valued at around $5 Million. It is considered the most expensive crown in the history of the Miss Universe Pageant.
Miss Brazil, Julia Gama was the first runner-up; Miss Peru, Janick Maceta was selected as the second runner-up; followed by Miss India, Adline Castelino was the third runner-up. Miss Dominican Republic, Kimberly Jiménez received the fourth runner-up award.
In the final question round, Miss Mexico was asked how she would have handled the COVID-19 pandemic:
“I believe there is not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19,” she said. “However, I believe that what I would have done was create the lockdown even before everything was that big because we lost so many lives, and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people. That’s why I would have taken care of them since the beginning.”