The entire country continues to be being proud of the fact that Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu went on to win the Miss Universe 2021 title. It happened after over two decades where Sandhu recently opened up in an interview about her plans ahead.
Sandhu says she wants to nurture an environment where fellow women feel comfortable about expressing their concerns regarding health and hygiene.
The lady, who has already starred in a few Punjabi films, including Yaara Diyan Poo Baran and Bai Ji Kuttange both 2021 releases, is also looking forward to creating a niche for herself not just in Hindi cinema but also Hollywood.
It’s a huge celebration for the whole country because an Indian has got a chance to wear this crown after 21 years, Harnaaz Sandhu said.
“I feel so grateful and my heart is filled with so much respect for all those who have shown their faith in me and showered me with all their love. I want to use this platform to talk about the issues which we should all be concerned about,” the pageant winner told PTI in a telephonic interview from Eilat, Israel, where the 70th edition of the event was held.
Sandhu is all set to go New York City her home for now from where she will discharge her duties as a spokesperson for various causes alongside the Miss Universe Organisation.
Her mother and gynaecologist Ravinder Kaur Sandhu has been an inspiration for Sandhu, who wants to lead the way for women empowerment with special focus on menstrual hygiene and breast cancer awareness.
I’d love to be a part of not just Bollywood but Hollywood too, through that I’d love to break the stereotypes.-
“My advocacy is all about women empowerment with menstrual hygiene, my mom being a gynaecologist. Women should talk about their health. In my community, women still feel uncomfortable talking about their body and anything that’s to do with their health.
“This is what I’ve been majorly working on along with different organisations regarding breast cancer surgery and the fact that it’s curable when detected well in time. I’ll also talk about all those issues that the Miss Universe organisation is related to. I’d like to talk about the causes with the help of my mother,” she added.
Like former beauty queen, Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sandhu too aims to further bridge the distance between Indian and international cinema.
“I’d love to be a part of not just Bollywood but Hollywood too, through that I’d love to break the stereotypes. I think 21st-century people get inspired by movies and web series, so I’d like to inspire people and try to talk about the issues that should be eradicated from society.”
Sandhu, who is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration and started modelling when she was 17, also talked about how beauty pageants are trying to keep up with the times.
She started her ramp journey early, winning the Times Fresh Face in 2017, representing Chandigarh at the age of 17. She later won the LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021 title.