The 2020 Miss Universe Competition aired live from Hollywood, Florida, on May 16, 2021.
Last year’s winner of Miss Universe was Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa. Because of COVID-19-related delays, she is the longest reigning Miss Universe in the history of the competition. Prior to the crowning of Miss Universe 2020, Tunzi took her final walk on stage before having to relinquish her crown.
Read on below for the winners of the night, starting with the title winner of Miss Universe 2020.
Who Won Miss Universe 2020-2021
Ahead of the winner reveal, the fourth runner-up was announced to be Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jimenez.
The third runner-up was Miss India Adline Castelino.
The second runner-up was Miss Peru Janick Maceta.
And the final two were Miss Brazil Julia Gama and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza, but it was Meza who was the winner. Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was announced as the new Miss Universe. She received her crown, along with a sash and flowers. Meza then took her first walk on stage as Miss Universe 2020.
According to Meza’s Instagram account, she is an ambassador for Chihuahua Tourism, her platform is to stop gender violence, and she works as a software engineer. Meza is also the owner of her self-titled athletic clothing brand Andrea Meza Activewear.
Miss Universe 2020-2021 Final 5
And the final 5 kicked off with the announcement that Miss Mexico had made it, followed by Miss India. Miss Brazil was the next announced. Miss Dominican Republic was given the next spot, followed up by Miss Peru.
The top 5 contestants then had to participate in a question round, with 30 seconds to answer.
Miss Mexico was up first. Her question was that if she were the leader of her country, how would she have handled COVID-19. She said she would have created a lockdown earlier than it was, saying it’s important to “take care of our people.”
Miss India then took the stage for her question. She was asked if countries should open their borders and risk further COVID-19 outbreaks. She said nothing is more important than your health and that you hand to have balance when it comes to your health versus the economy.
Miss Brazil’s question was about some countries thinking women being “incapable” of being world leaders. Her response was that women are the leaders of their own lives and she wants them to “take their power.”
Miss Dominican Republic was up next and she was asked about the importance of teaching leadership to young girls. Her reply was that because she comes from a family filled with women, they have helped her to become who she is today. She said she doesn’t need a title to help others and support them.
Miss Peru was last and her question was about women suffering from sexual or domestic abuse. She said that she admires their strength and that they’re survivors as well as heroes. She said, “Don’t ever let anyone silence your voice.”
Then came the final statements, with Mexico going first again. Her statement was on changing beauty standards. She said that society becomes more advanced but beauty isn’t only about how people look. It’s about people’s hearts and the way they love themselves.
Miss India’s statement was on free speech and the right to protest. She used this to segue into women’s rights over the years. She said it’s important to use your voice with power.
Miss Brazil then took the stage to discuss mental health. She said that it’s important to normalize discussions about anxiety and depression. She said “togetherness is our strength.”
Miss Dominican Republic’s topic was global poverty and she said that the poverty rate in her country continues to rise. She said it makes her proud to represent her country to call attention to the help that is needed.
Miss Peru was the final one to give her statement and it was on climate change. She said it is “our collective responsibility” to save the planet. She said it’s important to teach younger generations to take care of the Earth.
After the final statements, each of the top 5 contestants took the stage for their final look, with Luis Fonsi performing alongside them.
Top 10 Winners of Miss Universe 2020
Following the swimsuit competition, the top 10 finalists were revealed. Here is the list:
Miss Jamaica Miqueal-Symone Williams
Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jimenez
Miss India Adline Castelino
Miss Peru Janick Maceta
Miss Australia Maria Thattil
Miss Puerto Rico Estefania Soto
Miss Thailand Amanda Obdam
Miss Costa Rica Ivonne Cerdas
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza
Miss Brazil Julia Gama
The top 10 candidates later took the stage for the evening gown competition.
In recent years, the Miss Universe competition aired on the Fox network, but the 2020 event aired on the FYI network. For those confused about the 2020 pageant being held in 2021, the pageant had been postponed due to COVID, according to Newsweek. Ahead of the 2020-2021 edition of the pageant, Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, stated, “We have spent months planning and preparing safety precautions to develop this edition of Miss Universe—one that will be memorable, special and totally innovative,” as reported by People.
Since 2015, Steve Harvey has hosted the Miss Universe competition, but he was not participating in the 2021 event. Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo became the new hosts.
Top 21 Miss Universe 2021 Winners
There were 74 delegates in the mix this year, but only one would be crowned Miss Universe 2021. Kicking things off, the hosts revealed that the top 16 this year would actually be a top 21.
The 74 contestants were judged during the previously held preliminary competition, with the results airing live tonight. The selection committee, also known as the judges, is made up of executive Sheryl Adkins-Green, actress Arden Cho, businesswoman Christine Duffy, TV host Keltie Knight, Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee, entrepreneur Deepica Mutyala, businesswoman Tatyana Orozco, and Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera.
And the 21 semifinalists were (in the order they were announced) …
Each of the top 21 contestants competed in the swimsuit competition segment.
The Miss Universe 2020 National Costume Winner
Miss Myanmar was the 2020-2021 National Costume winner chosen because of her costume from the preliminary competition. The NY Times reported that Ma Thuzar Wint Lwin’s costume was used as a political statement to show support for democracy for her country. A military coup, known as The Tatmadaw, had overthrown the government in Myanmar in February 2021, killing hundreds of people who were protesting and pleading for democracy, according to Asia Times.
The NY Times stated that Lwin was asking for help in interviews after her costume appearance.
The Miss Universe 2020 Impact Award went to Miss Bolivia Lenka Nemer and the Carnival Spirit Award went to Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jimenez.