Miss Mexico has topped Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to attract attention to the bloody navy coup in her country.
Sunday evening marked the Miss Universe competition’s return to tv after the pageant was canceled in 2020 for the primary time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Andrea Meza, 26, completed the first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists in a flashy televised occasion, hosted by American actor Mario Lopez and tv persona Olivia Culpo.
Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega, and Demi-Leigh Tebow (who received the title in 2017) served as competition analysts and commentators, and a panel of eight girls decided the winner.
Dressed in a sparkling crimson night robe, Meza tearfully walked the catwalk as Miss Universe for the first time, earlier than dashing again for a bunch hug with the other competitors.
Meza beat greater than 70 contestants from across the globe within the 69th installment of Miss Universe, which was held on the Onerous Rock Lodge & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Within the days main up to the ultimate competitors, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, who made the highest 21, made waves when she used her time within the highlight to deliver consideration to the coup in her nation.
“Our persons are dying and being shot by the navy day by day,” she mentioned throughout her biographical video, which confirmed pictures of her collaborating within the anti-coup protests. “Due to this fact I wish to urge everybody to talk out about Myanmar.”
She additionally received the award for the best national costume: throughout that competitor’s section on Thursday, she wore an outfit beaded in traditional Burmese patterns and held up an indication that mentioned, “Pray for Myanmar.”
Myanmar has been in an uproar since February 1, when the army ousted civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi.
At least 796 people have been killed by safety forces since then, based on an area monitoring group, whereas practically 4,000 persons are behind bars.
Miss Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong — who didn’t make the highest 21 — additionally used the nationwide costume portion to make a political statement.
Wearing a glittering red bodysuit and matching thigh-high boots, she circled to disclose her cape — in the colors of the Singaporean flag — was painted with the phrases “Cease Asian Hate.”
“What is this platform for if I can not use it to ship a strong message of resistance in opposition to prejudice and violence?” she wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of her outfit.
The US in particular has seen a surge in anti-Asian violence in the past year, which activists have blamed on former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric, particularly his repeated description of Covid-19 as the “China virus.”
The pageant has also drawn criticism previously for objectifying the contestants.
In recent years, the competition has shifted the picture, focusing extra on female empowerment and activism.
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