Harnaaz Sandhu, who was crowned Miss Universe in 2021, is only the third Indian woman to do so after Sushmita Sen and Lara Duta were crowned winners in Miss Universe 1994 and Miss Universe 2000 respectively. On Wednesday, the former Miss Universe took to Instagram to share her photos from the recent Miss Universe 2022 pageant, where she crowned the new Miss Universe, R’Bonney Gabriel . Read also: Harnaaz Sandhu poses with Priyanka Chopra at Global Citizen Festival
At the event, Harnaaz turned heads with her black dress, which featured photos of the winning moments of the only other Miss Universe crown holders from India – Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta. Giving a closer look at her Miss Universe 2022 special outfit, Harnaaz wrote an emotional note as she reflected on her Miss Universe journey and paid tribute to the two “incredible women” from India, who inspired her “dream dress” at the event .
In her Instagram caption, Harnaaz Sandhu wrote: “It is my purest honor and gratitude to represent my incredible country at Miss Universe. For my last walk as reigning Miss Universe, I couldn’t thank @officialsaishashinde and her team enough for making this dream dress come true! A huge tribute to these two incredible women from India, you have made our country proud since you became Miss Universe. Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta, I really adore both of you… this one is for you and India.”
Lara appreciates her gesture and comments on Harnaaz’s post: “May you always shine like the diamond you are!! yet to come!” Earlier, Lara had wished her luck for her upcoming journey and wrote on Instagram Stories after the Miss Universe 2022 pageant, “Wishing Harnaaz Sandhu the brightest way forward!! I’m sure she’s going to take her own individual, glorious path.
During the recent pageant, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the US, Harnaaz Sandhu had become emotional as she took her last walk on the Miss Universe stage as the reigning Miss Universe. She had stumbled onto the podium as she walked in front of a cheering crowd, with many social media users praising her for completing her walk with grace.