Where to watch Miss Universe 2021

MISS Universe made a return on May 16 after a two year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic.

The event, as ever, was a star-studded evening that saw women from over 70 countries take to the stage. Here's how you can watch it back…

Where to watch Miss Universe 2021?

The competition was broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on FYI, the cable television channel owned by the A&E network.

If you missed the big event, you can catch up with the big event on The Roku Channel or Philo.

This year marked the pageant's 69th anniversary.

It was held in Hollywood, Florida, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

 Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo hosted the event and it also featured a performance by Luis Fonsi.

The Miss Universe competition was postponed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement in March 2021, Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, said: "We have spent months planning and preparing safety precautions to develop this edition of Miss Universe—one that will be memorable, special and totally innovative."

Who won Miss Universe 2021?

*Spoilers ahead*

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza, from Chihuahua City, was crowned Miss Universe 2021, taking the crown from reigning champion Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa.

"I am so honored to have been selected among the 73 other amazing women I stood with tonight," Meza said in statement.

"It is a dream come true to wear the Miss Universe crown, and I hope to serve the world through my advocacy for equality in the year to come and beyond."

In her final statement in the pageant, Meza spoke about beauty standards.

She said: "We live in a society that more and more is more than advanced, and as we advance as a society, we've also advanced with stereotypes. Nowadays beauty isn't only the way we look.

"For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirit, but in our hearts and the way that we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you're not valuable."

Janick Maceta from Peru came in third place, while Julia Gama from Brazil was named this year’s runner-up.

Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega and Demi-Leigh Tebow served as commentators and analysts of the competition.

A panel of eight women decided who would be the winner.

Meza beat over 70 women from other countries.

Covid slightly disturbed this year's competition, as participants from 19 countries and territories were unable to compete.

They were — Angola, Bangladesh, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Georgia, Germany, Guam, Kenya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Lucia, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Around 10,000 women participate annually in the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions, according to its website.

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