Lorena Goncalves Rodrigues, 26, of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerias, Brazil almost won Miss Grand International 2021. She was the second runner-up of the ninth edition of the international beauty pageant founded by Nawat Itsaragrisil, 67, and based in Thailand.
Modelling professionally since 2005, Rodrigues represented Brazil at Miss Global Beauty 2017 in South Korea and was second runner-up. On July 27, 2019, she represented Brazil at Miss Friendship International 2019 in China and was runner-up to Emilia Dobreva, 24, of Serbia.
Rodrigues was Miss Grand Brazil 2019 second runner-up. On June 15, 2021, she was officially appointed as Brazil’s Miss Grand International 2021 candidate.
Hosted by Matthew Deane, 43, the Miss Grand International 2021 coronation night was held at the SHOW DC Retail and Entertainment Mega Complex in Bangkok, Thailand on December 4, 2021. Including Rodrigues, 60 women competed for the title.
Five former Miss Grand International queens served as the judges. They were Janelee Chaparro, 30, of Puerto Rico, Lees Garcia, 34, of Cuba, Ariska Putri Pertiwi, 26, of Indonesia, Maria Jose Lara, 31, of Peru and Clara Sosa, 28, of Paraguay, who were crowned in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively.
It was Nguyen Thúc Thuy Tiên, 23, of Vietnam who won the Miss Grand International 2021 title while Andrea Victoria Aguilera Paredes, 20, of Ecuador was her runner-up. Vivianie Diaz Arroyo, 23, of Puerto Rico and Jeanè Van Dam, 20, of South Africa were the respective third and fourth runners-up.
Arroyo was Best in Swimsuit while Indy Johnson, 23, of Thailand was Best in Evening Gown. The Best National Costume winners were Lishalliny Kanaran, 24, of Malaysia, Samantha Elizabeth Batallanos Cortegana, 26, of Peru and Marcia Marilia Menezes, 27, of Angola.