Steve Harvey asked Miss India Harnaz Sandhu to do her best as an animal at the Miss Universe contest.
Harnaz took the question a step further, in front of millions of viewers.
Many on Twitter criticized the question as the finalists were asked about their accomplishments.
The 2021 Miss Universe contest began with fanfare…and meows.
Many Miss International fans were baffled after host Steve Harvey asked one of the top 16 finalists to do her best impersonating an animal on stage – while other women had a chance to talk about their accomplishments.
Miss India Harnaz Sandhu was surprised when Harvey told her, “I heard you do some good animal acting. Let’s hear your best.”
“Oh my God, Steve, I wasn’t expecting to do this on the world stage,” she told him.
But as ever, Miss India was taking everything by leaps and bounds.
“I have to do this, I have no other choice,” she joked.
Sandu said she would do her best to impersonate one because she loves cats.
“Brace yourselves all,” she warned, before releasing some impressive “meows.”
It was a defining moment for many viewers, who wondered why Sandhu was not given a meaningful moment to share more about herself.
Meanwhile, Miss Panama Brenda Smith was able to talk about securing a position at the United Nations, and Miss Great Britain Emma Collingridge discussed how learning about Medusa’s origin story inspired her to fight gender-based violence.
Sandhu, 21, is a women’s empowerment advocate who has helped her mother teach women’s health and hygiene in the camps.
The pageant queen is currently working as an actress and told Insider that she has completed two Punjabi feature films that will be released soon.
Sandow said she always picks strong characters because she wants to “break stereotypes of what a woman is and can be.”
“I hope to inspire people to follow my passion and my heart,” she added.
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