GALLERY | 14 photos from the 2021 Miss Universe pageant

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Miss Universe Andrea Meza
Miss Universe Andrea Meza
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The 69th Miss Universe competition took place on Sunday evening, with Mexico's Andrea Meza taking home the crown. 

The three-hour event was held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and saw 74 beauty queens from around the globe vie for the title. 

While South Africa's Natasha Joubert did not crack the top 21, the 23-year-old definitely made the country proud as she carried the flag high on the international stage.

The show was hosted by former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo alongside actor/presenter Mario Lopez. 

Of course, the ceremony also served as a farewell to SA's Zozibini Tunzi, who won the Miss Universe crown in 2019 and subsequently became the longest-running titleholder due to the pandemic. 

In case you missed the pageant, we put together a couple of highlights for you, which includes photos of winner Andrea throughout the competition (from her national costume showcase all the way up to her final look) and pics of Natasha walking the Miss Universe stage during the preliminary round.

Andrea Meza
Andrea Meza appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021.
Andrea Meza
Andrea Meza appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant.
Andrea Meza
Andrea Meza appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Preliminary Competition.
Andrea Meza
Andrea Meza appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Preliminary Competition.
Andrea Meza
Andrea Meza appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 - National Costume Show.
Miss Universe 2021
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza, Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi and Miss Universe Brazil Julia Gama appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant.
Miss Universe 2021
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza is crowned Miss Universe 2021 onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Andrea Meza
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza is crowned Miss Universe 2021 onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Zozibini Tunzi
Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant.
Olivia Culpo, Mario Lopez
Olivia Culpo and Mario Lopez speak onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant.
Natasha Joubert
Miss Universe South Africa Natasha Joubert appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Preliminary Competition at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Natasha Joubert
Miss Universe South Africa Natasha Joubert appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant.
Miss Universe 2021
Contestants appear onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant.
Andrea Meza
Andrea Meza appears onstage at the Miss Universe 2021 Pageant.

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