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    • Miss Mexico Andrea Meza is crowned Miss Universe 2021 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
    • Contestants strutting their stuff onstage.
    • Miss Universe Brazil Julia Gama.
    • Participants of the contest congratulate winner Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.
    • Miss Universe US Asya Branch.
    • Dancers perform onstage.
    • Miss Universe Vietnam Nguyen Tran Khanh Van.
    • Miss Universe Czech Republic Klara Vavruskova.
    • Miss Universe Thailand Amanda Obdam.
    • Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.
    • Miss Universe Brazil Julia Gama.
    • Hosts Olivia Culpo and Mario Lopez.
    • Miss Universe Nicaragua Ana Marcelo.
    • Miss Universe Puerto Rico Estefania Soto.
    • Miss Universe Japan Aisha Harumi Tochigi.
    • Miss Universe Costa Rica Ivonne Cerdas Cascante.
    • Miss Universe Russia Alina Sanko.
    • Miss Universe China Jiaxin Sun.
    • Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo.
    • Miss Universe France Amandine Petit.
    • Miss Universe Poland Natalia Pigua.
    • Miss Universe Peru Janick Maceta Del Castillo.
    • Miss Universe Italy Viviana Vizzini.
    • Olivia Culpo poses onstage.
    • Miss Universe Colombia Laura Olascuaga.
    • Miss Universe Thailand Amanda Obdam.
    • Miss Mexico Andrea Meza is crowned Miss Universe 2021.
    • Contestants applaud Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.
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    Miss Mexico Andrea Meza is crowned Miss Universe 2021 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

    The pageant was held in the US on Sunday night after being called off last year due to COVID.

    Contestants from 74 countries and territories took part in Miss Universe 2021 as they competed for the 21 spots in the final. 

    After the swimsuit contest, the number was whittled down to 10 for the evening gown competition before five ladies were chosen for the final Q&A round.

    Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe 2021 after winning the hearts of the judges – not only with her beauty but also her brains. 

    When asked by the jury how she would have handled the COVID-19 pandemic, Meza said:

    "I believe there is not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19. 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," she answered, as quoted by NBC.

    Check out Sputnik's gallery to see the 2021 finalists of famous beauty pageant.

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