R’Bonnie Gabriel of the United States was crowned Miss Universe. This morning as India’s Divita Rai, who made it to the top 16, was eliminated from the New Orleans beauty pageant. Venezuela and the Dominican Republic were among the other contenders in the top 3.
India’s Harnaz Sandhu, last year’s title holder.
Came on stage and crowned Miss Gabrielle.
Miss Rai, 25, won the Miss Divita Universe pageant last year and finished third in 2021, losing to Miss Sandhu. Actresses Sushmita Sen (1994) and Lara Dutta (2000) are. The only other Indians to have won the Miss Universe title.
Born in Mangaluru, Karnataka, Ms. Rai’s ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’ outfit was inspired by. The “miraculous depiction of India as a golden bird. That symbolizes the richness of our rich cultural heritage. With the spiritual essence of living in harmony with diversity”.