Andrea Meza of Mexico has crowned the 69th Miss Universe on Monday. Adline Castelino of India came in fourth place at the event held in Florida. Miss Diva 2020 was won by the 22-year-old from Udupi in Karnataka, making her India’s delegate at Miss Universe this year.
3rd Runner-Up for India 🇮🇳 at @MissUniverse 👑— Miss Diva (@MissDivaOrg) May 17, 2021
Congratulations @AdlineCastelino You have made us immensely proud! Your resilience, determination & grace shined throughout the competition and the hard work you’ve put in your journey reflected in you this night! We are proud of u❤️ pic.twitter.com/hoi54G7d8A
The beauty queen was asked an interesting question during the final Question and Answer round, to which she responded with an interesting answer. The question was “Should countries lockdown due to COVID-19 despite the strain on their economies, or should they open their borders and risk a potential increase in infection rates?”
Adline Castelino responded by saying “Good evening universe. Well, coming from India and witnessing what India is experiencing right now, I have realized something very important that nothing is more important than the health of your loved ones. And you have to draw a balance between economy and health. And that can only be done when the government works with the people hand in hand and produces something that will work with the economy. Thank you.”
Adline was born in Kuwait but moved to India at the age of 15 to further her education. She went to St. Xavier’s High School in Mumbai and then went to a town college to get her degree. She later entered a number of online pageants and was crowned Miss Cocoaberry Diva in 2019.
Adline won hearts in a saree she wore for the National Costume round, which was one of her many memorable moments. Shravan Kumar, a Hyderabad-based artist, created the ensemble, which was inspired by the national flower, the lotus.
she wrote, “My national costume embodies the true essence of a woman. The saree is a traditional attire that binds the whole country together. Yardage of priceless legacy, the saree is known to have 80 different styles of draping. It does not judge class or caste, is worn by most Indian women even today. The border and pallu of the saree is encrusted with an embroidery depicting the 300-year-old Pichwai art form, adding grace. The beautiful colour of the saree is inspired by the national flower of India, the lotus, which symbolises knowledge and spirituality.”
“The journey up until here wasn’t easy. I’m proud to give the message of your unity and our determination through my representation of our country on the Miss Universe stage”, wrote Adline on her Instagram story. She expressed her gratitude for the love and blessings she has received.