Asia

Dhaka’s Tangia Zaman Methila is Miss Universe Bangladesh 2020, crowned by Chitrangda Singh

Tangia Zaman Methila, 28, will represent Bangladesh in Miss Universe 2020. Hailing from Dhaka, Bangladesh, she will be the Asian country’s second representative in the international beauty pageant, which was formed on June 28, 1952.

Methila is a professional model, a Bollywood actress and an alumna of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) in Dhaka. Besting nine other finalists, she was crowned Miss Universe Bangladesh 2020 by Bollywood actress Chitrangda Singh, 44, on April 3, 2021 at the Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden in Dhaka.

Hosted by Quazi Sabir, the coronation ceremony was broadcast on Rtv (আরটিভি). Singh served as a judge along with Tahsan Khan, Bidya Sinha Saha Mim, Irene Sommer Tilger and Mehruz Munir.

Runner-up to Methila was Farzana Yasmin Ananya, 21. Farzana Akter Ani, 19, was second runner-up.

This is not Methila’s first crown. She was the inaugural Miss Supranational Bangladesh 2019.

However, Methila was not able to represent Bangladesh in Miss Supranational 2019. If she wins Miss Universe 2020, she will be the international beauty pageant’s first winner from her home country.

In 2019, Shirin Akter Shela made history as the first ever Miss Universe candidate from Bangladesh. She was unplaced at Miss Universe 2019, which culminated at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on December 8, 2019.

Besting 89 other candidates, Zozibini Tunzi, 27, of South Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2019. The Miss Universe 2020 coronation ceremony was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making her the longest reigning Miss Universe.

Based in New York City, New York, United States, the Miss Universe Organization is currently owned by the WME/IMG talent agency. Tunzi will pass her crown at the Miss Universe 2020 coronation night at 8:00 p.m. ET on May 16, 2021 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida, USA.

Including Methila, there are now 76 candidates confirmed to compete in Miss Universe 2020. Among her strongest competitions are Miqueal-Symone Williams, 23, of Jamaica, Sarita Reth, 25, of Cambodia, Nova Stevens, 27, of Canada, Bianca Lorena Tirsin, 22, of Romania and Maria Thattil, 27, of Australia.

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