Model Harnaaz Sandhu says winning the LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021 title comes with a huge responsibility to carry on a legacy, but she is determined to give her best while representing India at the global pageant of Miss Universe 2021 .
NS Chandigarh-based model was crowned LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021 last week.
Sandhu says that the news of victory is yet to come out, but she has started preparations for Miss Universe 2021 to be held in Israel in December.
“It feels real and I cannot express in words how grateful I am to God and everyone who has been a part of my journey. But, with the title comes a great responsibility to carry forward a legacy with utmost determination and passion.
Sandhu told PTI, “I will make sure that I represent myself as the best version of my country and make India proud at Miss Universe 2021. Also, I will take this opportunity to strengthen the ties between Israel and India.” I see that as a way to do it.”
The 21-year-old, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration, said getting the opportunity to represent the country in a global competition is a “huge success” in itself.
However, Sandhu knows that the road to this prestigious competition will not be easy. So far, only two Indians – actresses Sushmita Sen (1994) and Lara Dutta (2000) – have won the Miss Universe title.
“Challenges are definitely going to happen as no road to success is easy. We have only 45 days to prepare and we are leaving no stone unturned. A lot of work is being done in this. It is definitely going to be a roller-coaster ride but I am ready for it because vision, hard work and goals are what make winners,” she said.
Sandhu started her journey in pageantry when she won the Times Fresh Face in 2017, representing Chandigarh at the age of 17.
After the win, she said that she recognized her potential and soon became a part of the Femina Miss India pageant in 2019, where she was crowned Femina Miss India Punjab 2019 and made it to the top 12.
“From being a girl to becoming a woman, the transformation has been incredibly overwhelming and challenging. In this journey, I found the purpose of my life,” she said.
Sandhu has also acted in a few Punjabi films, including the upcoming “Yara Diya Poo Baran” and “Bai Ji Kuttange” and said that being in front of the camera as an actor was a pleasant experience.
“Being a part of the acting industry has been an incredible experience as I have got a chance to showcase my hidden talents. I love acting because I enjoy working on screen and it has been a great learning experience. I can’t wait to share the release dates soon.”