Miss Mexico Andrea Meza has become a crown The Miss Universe pageant is in its 69th year, which was suspended last year due to Covid-19.
“MÉXICO ESTO ES PARA TI,” Meza, 26, wrote in the caption of an Instagram post, which translates to “Mexico this is for you,” next to a video of him after announcing the victory.
The tournament took place in Hollywood, Florida, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. “Hollywood’s entry” Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012, coordinated the event, which was also hosted by exhibiting work by Luis Fonsi.
Meza beat 73 other women, including Miss Brazil Julia Gama, who was the runner-up, and Miss Peru Janick Maceta Del Castillo, who was the second runner-up.
“I am so honored to have been chosen among the 73 other amazing women I stand with tonight,” Meza said in a news release from the Miss Universe Organization. “It’s a dream come true to wear the Miss Universe crown, and I hope to serve the world through my advocacy for equality next year and beyond.”
In it final statement during the pageant, Meza spoke about beauty standards.
“We live in a society that is more and more progressive, and as we progress as a society, we have also progressed with stereotypes,” he said. “Today beauty is not just the way we see it. For me, beauty shines not only in our soul, but in our heart and the way we carry ourselves. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are worthless.”
Meza, who is from Chihuahua City, is a model and makeup artist and has a degree in software engineering, according to a Miss Universe Organization news release.
She is also an activist, and “works closely with the Community Institute for Women, which aims to end gender-based violence,” the release said.
Meza also serves as the official Tourism Ambassador for her hometown of Chihuahua, according to the Miss Universe Organization.
Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, the first black woman from South Africa to win the crown, has held the title since December 2019.
“What a time!” Meza wrote in another Instagram post, sharing a photo of when he was crowned. “Ready for this trip!”
Meza will move to New York City “to represent the brand and various charities during her reign,” the Miss Universe Organization said.