Miss India, Harnaaz Sandhu has been crowned the next Miss Universe, Oyogist.com reports.
Sandhu was named as the winner of the 70th edition of the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday night in Eliat, Israel.
In second place was Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira, followed by Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane.
Sandhu, 21, already had Twitter talking at the beginning of the pageant when she received an unusual request from host Steve Harvey.
The pageant queen was visibly taken by surprise as Harvey told her, “I hear you do some pretty good animal impersonations. Let’s hear your best one.”
“Oh my god, Steve, I was not expecting to do this on the world stage,” she told him. “I have to do this, I have no other option.”
Sandhu said that, since she loved cats, she would do her best to impersonate one.
“Brace yourself everyone,” she warned, before letting out a few impressive “meows.”
After making the top three, Sandhu revealed the advice that she’d give to young women today.
“I think the biggest pressure the youth of today is facing is to believe in themselves,” she told Harvey. “To know that you are unique and that’s what makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. I think this is what you need to understand. Come out, speak for yourself, because you are the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own.”
“I believed in myself,” she added. “And that’s why I’m standing here today.”
Sandhu is an advocate for women’s empowerment who has helped her mother teach women’s health and hygiene at camps.
The pageant queen currently works as an actress.
Sandhu said she always chooses strong characters because she wants to “break stereotypes of what women are and what they can be.”
“I hope I get to inspire people by following my passion and my heart,” she added.
Watch her speak below;