WASHINGTON: Miss Mexico was topped Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to attract consideration to the bloody army coup in her nation.
Sunday night time marked the Miss Universe competitors’s return to tv, after the pageant was cancelled in 2020 for the primary time because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Andrea Meza, 26, completed first forward 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 competitors analysts and commentators, and a panel of eight ladies decided the winner.
Wearing a glowing purple night robe, Meza tearfully walked the catwalk as Miss Universe for the primary time, earlier than dashing again for a bunch hug with the opposite rivals.
Meza beat greater than 70 contestants from across the globe within the 69th installment of Miss Universe, which was held on the Laborious Rock Resort & On line casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Within the days main as much as the ultimate competitors, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, who made the highest 21, made waves when she used her time within the highlight to convey consideration to the coup in her nation.
“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she stated throughout her biographical video, which confirmed pictures of her collaborating within the anti-coup protests. “Therefore I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar.”
She additionally received the award for finest nationwide costume: throughout that competitors section on Thursday, she wore an outfit beaded in conventional Burmese patterns and held up an indication that stated, “Pray for Myanmar.”
Myanmar has been in uproar since February 1, when the military ousted civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi.
Not less than 796 folks have been killed by safety forces since then, in accordance with a neighborhood 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 assertion.
Wearing a glittering purple bodysuit and matching thigh-high boots, she circled to disclose her cape – within the colours of the Singaporean flag — was painted with the phrases “Stop Asian Hate.”
“What is this platform for if I can’t use it to send a strong message of resistance against prejudice and violence?” she wrote on Instagram alongside footage of her outfit.
The US specifically has seen a surge in anti-Asian violence previously 12 months, which activists have blamed on former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric, particularly his repeated description of Covid-19 because the “China virus.”
The pageant has additionally drawn criticism previously for objectifying the contestants.
In recent times, the competitors has shifted picture, focusing extra on feminine empowerment and activism.