Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu has moved from India to the United States, to spend a year working with the Miss Universe Organization.
The beauty queen became the third woman from India to win the Miss Universe crown in December, taking the title from Mexico’s Andrea Meza after beating 79 other contestants in the international pageant held in the resort city of Eilat, Israel.
Sandhu rounded out the top five, which included Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira, Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane, Miss Colombia Valeria Ayos and Miss Philippines Beatrice Gomez.
Sandhu will now be based in New York throughout her year-long Miss Universe reign, where she will work toward her goals and the organization’s larger goals. Sandhu is a strong advocate for women’s empowerment, especially their constitutional rights to education, careers and their freedom of choice, inspired by growing up with her gynecologist mother in health centers dealing with discuss women’s health and menstrual hygiene, according to the Miss Universe website.
On Thursday, Miss Universe posted a video of Sandhu arriving at her New York home, where past pageant winners have spent their years abroad.
“I’m so, so, so excited. I’ve been waiting for this day since I think I was 1,” he said in the clip, before walking into a beautiful, large and modern house that say “redesigned.”.
As he enters his new room, he finds a letter from Meza on the bed. “Welcome to you sister and welcome to your new home,” it read.
“I am trying to control my emotions,” said Sandhu, who is visiting New York for the first time. “Imagine, I come from India, have a flight in Doha, then a 14-hour flight to New York.”
Sandhu revealed that he also lost his luggage for the first time. “But I’m not afraid, because I’m here, I’m living the dream.”
A few days later, he experienced his first snowfall in the city, and shared the experience in a Reel to his 3.3 million followers on Instagram, showing him bundled up in a nice jacket, the post’s title: “In the first of many.”
Another first came on Monday, when he shared pictures of his first cruise and a dinner at the modern Thai restaurant Pinto Garden, which shared photos of the beauty queen on their own account, writing: “Beautiful soak [brightened] up the restaurant.”
Sandhu is from Chandigarh, India where he grew up and attended university. Before winning Miss Universe 2021, she studied for her master’s degree in public administration. She is a model but also stars in Punjabi films Hurry Diyan Poo Baran we had Bai Ji Kuttange.
In recent weeks, Sandhu has also expressed his desire to break into Bollywood.
“Given the opportunity, I would like to be a part of it, because this has been my dream. I am an actor by profession, I have been doing theater since the last five years,” Sandhu, 21, said. Times of Indiaalso said that she would love to make her debut with superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
“I have a vision of influencing people and breaking the statistics of what women are and what they can be, and this can happen through acting. Because in modern times, people are very afraid, that influence through movies. This is the way I can influence people. and inspire them by following my passion, just do what’s best for society.”
Look back at Harnaaz Sandhu’s Miss Universe journey here:
Updated: February 01, 2022, 8:47 AM