Activist-Model From Mexico Crowned Miss Universe
The Philippine Star|May 18, 2021
A model and activist for women’s rights in Mexico was crowned as the 69th Miss Universe on Sunday night in Hollywood, Florida.
Chuck Smith

Andrea Meza succeeded Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, besting 73 other candidates from all over the world to become the new Miss Universe.

Julia Gama of Brazil is first runner-up. Fourth runner-up is Kimberly Jimenez of Dominican Republic; third runner-up is Ad-line Castelino of India and second runner-up is Janick Macera of Peru.

Philippine bet Rabiya Mateo made it to the Top 21.

While the 24-year-old beauty queen from Iloilo City failed to take home the crown, her supporters still hailed her performance.

In the final statement round, Meza was asked to speak about the changing beauty standards.

“We live in a society that more and more is more than advanced, and as we advance as a society, we’ve also advanced with stereotypes,” Meza said through her translator.

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