Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza, was crowned Miss Universe

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Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza, 26, was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida. She finished first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists. Meza was dressed in a sparkling red evening gown. She beat more than 70 contestants from around the globe in the 69th installment of Miss Universe, which was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. “Mexico this is for you,” Meza wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. “It is a dream come true to wear the Miss Universe crown, and I hope to serve the world through my advocacy for equality in the year to come and beyond,” she declared after winning. “Nowadays beauty isn’t only the way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirit, but in our hearts and the way that we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you’re not valuable,” she added.

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Meza is from Chihuahua City. She is a model and make-up artist and has a degree in software engineering. She is also an activist, and “works closely with the Municipal Institute for Women, which aims to end gender-based violence.” Meza will move to New York City “to represent the brand and various philanthropic organizations during her reign,” Miss Universe Organization said. The Miss Universe pageant was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 9 countries and territories — Angola, Bangladesh, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Georgia, Germany, Guam, Kenya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Lucia, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey and the U.S. Virgin Islands — were forced to withdraw from the competition.