Indian-origin Priya Serrao is celebrating with family and friends on Friday after she was crowned Miss Universe Australia, a title she intends to use to raise awareness about diversity and multi-culturalism. Also Read - New Coronavirus Strain: South Korea Extends UK Flight Ban For 2 More Weeks

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria edged out over a dozen other finalists in Melbourne on Thursday night, reports Xinhua news agency. Also Read - Bird Flu Reported in 10 EU Countries: What Steps Are They Taking to Prevent Further Spread?

Serrao will represent Australia at the Miss Universe competition next year in South Korea. Also Read - South Korea's Artificial Sun Burns at 100 Million Degrees For 20 Seconds, Sets New World Record!

She was born in Belmannu, Karnataka, but spent most of her early childhood in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Serrao moved to Australia when she was 11.

Having graduated from law she said her proudest moment is completing an internship with the UN Development Programme in Timor-Leste.