Teresa Santos representing Ceará was crowned Miss Universo Brasil 2021 during the finals that aired on November 9.

The 23-year-old psychology student, model and businesswoman will represent Brazil at the 70th edition of the Miss Universe competition in December in Eilat, Israel. She succeeded 2020 titleholder Julia Gama.

Piauí’s Gabriela Lacerda and Sergipe’s Carol Valença placed first and second runners-up, respectively.

The finals night was recorded on Sunday, November 7. But to keep the results from leaking, the entire Top 3 recorded their respective coronation moments and the final result was shown in the broadcast with Santos winning.

Santos previously competed in Miss Brasil 2018, which was then under a different organization, and placed second runner-up.

Brazil won the Miss Universe crown twice: in 1963 (Iêda Maria Vargas) and 1968 (Martha Vasconcellos). The country currently ranks 3rd in Missosology Big5 ranking. Missosology.Org; Photos from Miss Brasil Instagram page