Harnaaz Sandhu became the only third Indian woman after Lara Dutta and Sushmita Sen to win the Miss Universe title. She beat out 79 other contestants and won the title in global pageant that was held in Israel. Harnaaz brought home the crown 21 years after Lara Dutta last won the title in 2000.
Now, Lara Dutta shared the photo of Harnaaz and wrote, “My dearest Harnaaz Sandhu , when I spoke to you, you promised me that ‘it will be worth it’!! YOU are worth all your triumphant glory and much, much more!! You had an unshakeable belief in yourself and JUST KNEW, you were born for this!! You were born in the year I won Miss Universe!!!. That’s how long we’ve waited for you to come along and lift that crown once more for India!! Perhaps, it was destined. I know what lies in store for you, and I wish you a glorious reign!! May this only be the start of the heights you will scale! God bless you, my heartiest congratulations to your parents and family! The universe now, is your oyster- OUR STAR!”
Harnaaz Sandhu, hails from Chandigarh. She participated in many beauty pageants in the past and won numerous titles. She was crowned Miss Diva 2021 and Femina Miss India Punjab 2019. She was also in the Top 12 list at Femina Miss India 2019. Sushmita Sen won the title in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000.