- Harnaz Sandhu was crowned the 70th Miss Universe
- The winner of the Miss Universe 2000 pageant was Lara Dutta
Successful people are in control of almost every single moment of their lives. Harnaz Sandhu, who was crowned Miss 70th Universe, achieved her goal purposefully and confidently. In an exclusive interview shortly after the victory, Sandhu spoke to IANSlife about his victory and plans ahead.
How does it feel to win the crown for India after 21 years?
Sandhu: It’s just irresistible and unbelievable. India has finally been able to wear the Miss Universe crown after 21 years, and I think we have been waiting for it for so long; Feelings are just out of this world.
You were so confident that you would win and you did … What was the key to your success?
Sandhu: Representing your country is a big deal. It’s about self-confidence, you need to be within yourself and that’s the purpose of your life. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people.
We have to evolve a lot when we realize what we want to do with our lives. That faith, love and all the prayers of the people of my country, gave me the necessary drive to win.
This is going to be a busy year. How do you plan to use the platform to make a change?
Sandhu: I want to focus on all the potential issues that the organization focuses on, in addition to my advocacy for women’s empowerment and menstrual hygiene.
My mother, a gynecologist, has always made sure that I talk to future teens about this.
Women in my community and around the world still find it difficult to talk about their health. And I think if someone wants to achieve their purpose in life, it can only be done when one is healthy. So I want to use this platform to talk about these issues.
Lara Dutta welcomes you to Miss Universe Club. Anything you want to say?
Sandhu: I’m out of words. A queen who has given me the confidence and courage to be one of them is welcoming me to the team. I am grateful for the empowerment of women, for changing the world and for the privilege of being among them.
Lara has really helped me a lot and made me realize that it’s about believing in yourself.