By Alicia Civita
Hollywood, Florida, U.S. May 16 (EFE) .- Mexican Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe at a Sunday gala on the outskirts of Miami that became an impromptu Latin party, with the first and second finalists being Miss Brazil Julia Gama and Miss Peru Janick Maceta.
Meza, a 26-year-old software engineer, will bring back the third Miss Universe crown to Mexico, after Lupita Jones, who won in 1991, and Ximena Navarrete in 2010.
Miss Mexico, originally from the north of the state of Chihuahua, had stood out from the first days of the competition, which took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, located in the city of Hollywood, 36 km north of Miami.
Miss Bolivia Lenka Nemer received the first Impact Award for her organization Urban Gardens, which teaches poor communities to grow their own food.
The award for best national costume went to Miss Myanmar, Thuzar Wint Lwin, who managed to reverse a disaster when her suitcase of dresses failed to show up and had to rely on help from the Burmese community in the States- United as well as other candidates. .
At one point, she wore a traditional dress from Chin State and held up a poster that read “Pray for Myanmar,” in reference to the military junta that seized power in her country on February 1. this year by a coup and plunged the country. in crisis.
The show, hosted by actor, producer and presenter Mario López, and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, began with the presentation of the contestants dressed in short sequined dresses in shades of orange, emerald green and turquoise blue, and which were are presented to the rhythm of Pitbull songs.
The top five – Meza, Gama, Maceta, along with Miss India Adline Castellino and Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jimenez – were asked about the pandemic, women’s leadership and gender-based violence.
Miss Mexico and Miss India were asked about the pandemic. The two countries are among those with the highest death rates in the world and the beauty queens have been steadfast in their view of the situation.
“I believe what I would have done was create the lockdown before it even got so big because we’ve lost so many lives and can’t afford it. We need to take care of our employees. That’s why I would have taken care of them from the start, ”Meza said.
“You have to find a balance between economics and health, and that can only happen when government works hand in hand with people and produces something that will work with the economy,” Castellino said.
Miss Peru was asked what she would say to watching women who were victims of sexual or domestic violence.
“I have become the hero of my own story. This is why I advocate saving little girls from being victims. They are survivors, they are heroes, ”said Maceta.
From the start of the competition, it looked like the crown would stay on the Americas this year. In the first group of semi-finalists, there were nine Latin Americans: Miss Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Curacao, the United States and Jamaica rounded out the mainland’s pool of candidates.
Among the top 10 were candidates from Jamaica, Dominican Republic, India, Peru, Australia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico and Brazil. EFE
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