Andrea Meza from Mexico wins at Miss Universe 2021

(CNN) — Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe in the 69th edition of the annual pageant, which was delayed last year due to covid-19.

“MEXICO THIS IS FOR YOU,” Meza, 26, wrote in an Instagram post, along with a video of herself after her victory was announced.

The competition was held in Hollywood, Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Mario López from “Access Hollywood” and Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012, hosted the event, which also featured a performance by Luis Fonsi.

Meza beat out 73 other women, including Miss Brazil Julia Gama, who was second, and Miss Peru Janick Maceta Del Castillo, who was third.

Miss Mexico speaks

“I am so honored to have been selected from among 73 other incredible women I was with tonight,” Meza said in a news release from the Miss Universe Organization. “It is a dream come true to wear the Miss Universe crown, and I look forward to serving the world through my advocacy for equality in the year to come and beyond.”

In her final statement during the pageant, Meza spoke about beauty standards.

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“We live in an increasingly advanced society, and as we have advanced as a society, we have also advanced with stereotypes,” he said. “Today beauty does not lie in the way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirit, but in our hearts and in the way we behave. Do not let someone tell you that you are not valuable”.

This is the new Miss Universe

Meza, who is from the city of Chihuahua, is a model and makeup artist and has a degree in software engineering, according to the Miss Universe Organization press release.

She is also an activist and “works closely with the Municipal Institute for Women, which aims to end gender violence,” the statement said.

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza is crowned Miss Universe on stage.

Meza also serves as the official Tourism Brand Ambassador for her hometown of Chihuahua, according to the Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, the first black woman from South Africa to win the crown, had held the title since December 2019.

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“What a moment!” Meza wrote in another Instagram post, sharing a photo from when she was crowned. “Ready for this trip!”

Meza will be moving to New York City “to represent the brand and various philanthropic organizations during her reign,” the Miss Universe Organization said.

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