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Chihuahua City, Mexico’s Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe 2020 in Hollywood, Florida by Zozibini Tunzi

Alma Andrea Meza Carmona, 26, of Chihuahua City, Mexico was crowned Miss Universe 2020 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida, United States on May 16, 2021. She is the 69th woman to hold the title.

This made the Chihuahua City native the third Miss Universe from Mexico. The first two were Lupita Jones, 53, and Ximena Navarrete, 33, who were crowned in 1991 and in 2010, respectively.

A beauty pageant veteran, Meza was Miss World Mexico 2017. She was runner-up to Manushi Chhillar of India at Miss World 2017 in Sanya, China.

On November 29, 2020, Meza became Mexico’s official Miss Universe 2020 candidate by outperforming 30 other Mexicana Universal 2020 candidates. She was crowned at the Hotel Misión Grand Juriquilla in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.

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Mario Lopez, 47, and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, 28, hosted the Miss Universe 2020 coronation night. Including Meza, a total of 74 candidates competed for the crown.

Runner-up to Meza was Julia Weissheimer Werlang Gama, 27, of Brazil. Janick Maceta del Castillo, 27, of Lima, Peru, Adline Mewis Quadros Castelino, 22, of India and Kimberly Marie Jimenez de Leon, 24, of La Romana, Dominican Republic were the respective second, third and fourth runners-up.

Meza was crowned by Zozibini Tunzi, 27, of South Africa. Crowned Miss Universe 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on December 8, 2019, Tunzi was not able to crown her successor in 2020 because of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, making her the longest reigning Miss Universe titleholder.

Tunzi co-hosted the national costume show with Nick Teplitz on May 13, 2021 and the preliminary competition with Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Tebow, 25, of South Africa on May 14, 2020. Jimenez won the Carnival Spirit Award while Thuzar Wint Lwin, 22, of Myanmar won the Best National Costume award and Lenka Nemer, 24, of Bolivia won the Impact Award.

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During the Miss Universe 2020 coronation night, Tebow and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega, 28, of Colombia served as expert analysts. Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, 30, was a correspondent while Luis Fonsi, 43, of Puerto Rico serenaded the Top 5 finalists before the final results were announced.

The judges were Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, 33, of Puerto Rico, Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee, 50, Colombian economist Tatyana Orozco, 44, Korean-American actress Arden Cho, 35, Canadian television host Keltie Knight and American businesswomen Christine Duffy, 59, Sheryl Adkins-Green, 55, and Deepica Mutyala, 31. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the city of Hollywood, LazadaSherri Hill, Mouawad, The Guitar Hotel, Olivia Quido Skincare, Jojo Bragais, Ema Savahl, InvisiSmart, iQIYI and Carnival were the sponsors.

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