By Ekaete Bassey
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was topped Miss Universe on Sunday on the 69th annual pageant, which was delayed final 12 months because of Covid-19.
The competitors was broadcast dwell from the Seminole Onerous Rock Resort and On line casino Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida.
The pageant was hosted by “Entry Hollywood” host Mario Lopez and actor and mannequin Olivia Culpo, the 2012 Miss Universe which additionally featured a efficiency by Luis Fonsi.
Meza beat 73 different ladies, together with Miss Brazil Julia Gama, who was runner-up, and Miss Peru Janick Maceta Del Castillo, who was second runner-up.
“MÉXICO ESTO ES PARA TI,” Meza, 26, wrote within the caption of an Instagram submit, which interprets to “Mexico that is for you,” alongside a video of her after the win was introduced.
In her ultimate assertion through the pageant, Meza spoke about magnificence requirements.
“We dwell in a society that increasingly more is greater than superior, and as we advance as a society, we’ve additionally superior with stereotypes,” she mentioned. “These days magnificence isn’t solely the way in which we glance. For me, magnificence radiates not solely in our spirit, however in our hearts and the way in which that we conduct ourselves. By no means allow somebody to inform you that you just’re not beneficial.”
Meza, who’s from Chihuahua Metropolis, is a mannequin and make-up artist and has a level in software program engineering, in keeping with Miss Universe Group’s information launch.
She can be an activist, and “works carefully with the Municipal Institute for Girls, which goals to finish gender-based violence,” the discharge mentioned.
Meza additionally serves because the official Tourism Model Ambassador for her hometown of Chihuahua, in keeping with Miss Universe Organisation.
Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, the primary Black girl from South Africa to win the crown, had held the title since December 2019.
“What a second!” Meza wrote in one other Instagram submit, sharing a photograph of when she was topped. “Prepared for this journey!”