The crown was not the only highlight of Miss Universe 2020 on May 16, 2021.
Mexico’s Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe for 2020, but there were several other occurrences that also grabbed the limelight. The 69th edition of the event, which was held on Sunday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, also became the centre stage for other contestants to highlight messages about political and social issues.
During the “national costume” segment, Bernadette Belle Ong from Singapore, Ma Thuzar Wint Lwin from Myanmar and Lola de los Santos from Uruguay set forth their messages alluding to anti-Asian hate, the ongoing political crisis in Myanmar and discrimination against the LGBTQ community respectively.
Ong walked down the ramp wearing a red and white outfit inspired by the colours of Singapore’s national flag. As she turned, she unveiled a skirt that read “Stop Asian Hate”.
Lwin took the stage in a beaded and embroidered outfit. She bowed to the audience before unveiling a small scroll that read “Pray for Myanmar”.
Santos, meanwhile, showed support for the LGBTQ community by flaunting a rainbow outfit. The skirt she wore read, “No more hate, violence, rejection, discrimination.”
Gestures of the three contestants left a considerable impression and made their stand very clear to the world.