Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu On What Magnificence Means To Her

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu made India proud by bringing the crown again dwelling after a 21-year lengthy wait. In an unique chat with iDiva, Sandhu talks about her curler coaster of a journey, which was made simple with the help of her household, particularly her mother. She shares how meditation helped her cope with the strain, reveals her weight-reduction plan plan and her ideas in regards to the host asking her an sudden query.

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“We did it, India did it,” Harnaaz Sandhu on her crowning second 

Speaking about her ideas earlier than and after being topped the Miss Universe 2021, Sandhu shares that she was crammed with too many feelings. “Proper after successful, I used to be so grateful and I used to be thanking each particular person by way of my feelings and expressions that we did it, we as India did it,” she says.  

Once we enquire about how the journey started, Sandhu tells us that it occurred by accident when she was 17. “With the help of my household, particularly my mother, I’ve been unstoppable. I realised that is what I like to do, that is my ardour and goal. I simply saved on rising mentally, bodily and my imaginative and prescient in the direction of my life turned clearer to me on a regular basis,” she elaborates. 

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“Meditation helped me course of life underneath nice strain.”

As a lady, what does the crown imply to her, personally? “For me, it’s about incomes the place of a accountable one that is prepared to talk about points and be of use to the nation and be a world icon,” shares Sandhu. 

Each journey has its personal struggles. When requested how she managed the ups and downs, she reveals that meditation helped her loads. Did she ever really feel like giving up? “I believe that’s a really pure feeling for all of us. I by no means actually considered giving up however the ‘what ifs’ had been there. So each time I used to really feel low, I’d meditate and attempt to calm myself down. That is how I used to course of my life underneath nice strain,” she says.  

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On being requested to do an animal impression on the stage

In the course of the seventieth Miss Universe pageant in Eilat, Israel, Harnaaz Sandhu was requested to do her greatest animal impression by host Steve Harvey. Whereas Harnaaz took it in her stride, the viral video made headlines in India and overseas. On being requested how she handled Harvey’s query, she laughingly tells us that she was not anticipating it in any respect. 

“That was a really shocking query for me. However after I noticed Steve (Harvey) being a spontaneous particular person, I felt like this was my time to shine and showcase my expertise on such a giant stage. Once I did it, I felt I used to be simply having enjoyable. It made me extra snug for the following spherical,” she quips.  

“The very first thing I had on coming again to India was masala dosa.”

Talking about her weight-reduction plan and health routine, Sandhu says that she not solely focuses on how a lot she eats but additionally what she’s consuming: “It’s not about ravenous oneself, neither is it about staying slim. It’s about staying match. Earlier than and through the pageant, I used to drink numerous water, eat numerous recent vegetables and fruit. However after coming again to India, the very first thing I had was masala dosa.”

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“Your ideas and opinions are what make you stunning.” 

We ask Harnaaz if she ever had any insecurities in the case of her bodily look. “This was lengthy again. I’ve been bullied. I’ve overcome that section of feeling uncomfortable and doubting myself. However keep in mind, the one factor that issues on the finish of the day is your impression of your self. I’ve been known as too skinny however I overcame that as a consequence of my mother’s help. I realised it’s not about your appears, it is about how you are feeling and the way you understand life,” she tells us. 

Sharing that magnificence is inside to her, Sandhu says, “Your ideas and opinions are what make you stunning as that’s what displays in your face. Make-up doesn’t make you stunning, it simply enhances the wonder that’s inside.” 

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Is Bollywood on the playing cards for Sandhu? 

Previously, magnificence pageant winners have gone on to turn into main Bollywood stars. Does Harnaaz have comparable plans? “I’ve been a theatre artist for the previous 5 years. Life is simply too unpredictable so it’s too quickly to say something however I imagine the whole lot occurs for a cause,” she responds.

As an influential younger girl, Harnaaz needs to make use of her platform to encourage and encourage individuals: “I’ve been speaking about ladies empowerment because it’s one thing very near my coronary heart. So I’ll be sure that I discuss the best to training, menstrual hygiene and different social points. And reasonably than simply speaking, I’d prefer to share that by way of my work.” 

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