Andrea Meza of Mexico has been crowned Miss Universe. Meza, who has a software
engineering degree, beat out Miss Brazil at the end of the night, screaming Sunday
when the announcer shouted “Viva Mexico!”
Previous winner Zozibini Tunzi fit the crown on Meza’s head and waited to make
sure it would stay in place as Meza beamed and took her first walk to the front of
Tunzi, a public relations professional who became the first Black woman from South
Africa to win the contest had held the title since December 2019. Last year’s ceremony
was canceled due to the pandemic.
The pageant was hosted by “Access Hollywood” host Mario Lopez and actor and model
Olivia Culpo, the 2012 Miss Universe. It was broadcast live from the Seminole Hard
Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida.
During the final statement round, Miss Mexico was asked to address the topic of
changing beauty standards. “We live in a society that more and more is more advanced
and as we have advanced as a society, we have advanced with stereotypes,”
she shared via a translator. “Nowadays, beauty is not only the way we look. For me, beauty
radiates not only in our spirits but in our hearts and the way we conduct ourselves.
Never permit someone to tell you that you are not valuable.”
And just minutes before, Miss Mexico also faced the final question round where she
was asked to share 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 explained. “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.”
Meza is reportedly the third Mexican woman to ever win the crown after Lupita Jones
and Ximena Navarrete.