Victoria’s Priya Serrao was named the new Miss Universe Australia during the finals held June 27 at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne.

The 26-year-old Indian-Australian beauty will represent the “Land Down Under” in the next edition of the Miss Universe competition. She was crowned by last year’s winner, Francesca Hung, who finished in the Top 20 of Miss Universe 2018.

Bella Kasimba and Marijana Radmanović placed first and second runners-up. Julia Edwards was third runner-up, while former Miss World Australia Madeline Cowe finished 4th runner-up.

Serrao works full-time as a policy adviser with the government of Victoria. She holds an Arts and a Law degree, and will be admitted to the supreme court as a lawyer later this year.

Australia has two Miss Universe winners: Kerry Anne Wells (1972) and Jennifer Hawkins (2004). Missosology.Org; Photos from jasonedwardsphoto on Instagram