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India’s Adline Castelino is Miss Universe 2020 third runner-up, loses to Mexico’s Andrea Meza

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Adline Mewis Quadros Castelino, 22, of India almost won Miss Universe 2020. She was third runner-up.

Hosted by Mario Lopez, 47, and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, 28, the Miss Universe 2020 coronation night took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida, United States on May 16, 2021. Including Castelino, a total of 74 candidates competed for the crown.

At the end of the show, Alma Andrea Meza Carmona, 26, of Chihuahua City, Mexico became the 69th Miss Universe titleholder while Julia Weissheimer Werlang Gama, 27, of Brazil was her runner-up. Janick Maceta del Castillo, 27, of Lima, Peru and Kimberly Marie Jimenez de Leon, 24, of La Romana, Dominican Republic were the respective second and fourth runners-up.

Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, 27, of South Africa 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.

Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, 33, of Puerto Rico and Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee, 50, of Hawaii, USA served as judges. They were joined by 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.

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Born in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Castelino is the daughter of Alphonsus Castelino and Meera Castelino, who are from Udyavar, Udupi, Karnataka, India. She attended the Indian Central School in Kuwait and moved from Kuwait to Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Castelino underwent a beauty pageant training at the Cocoaberry Training Academy in Mumbai. She was crowned Miss Cocoaberry Diva 2019.

On February 22, 2020, Castelino was crowned Miss Diva Universe 2020 at Yash Raj Studio in Andheri, Mumbai. Watch her Miss Universe 2020 performance here:

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