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 - Yoon Suk-yeol Sworn in as South Korean President, Calls For ‘Complete Denuclearisation’ of North Korea

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 - US, South Korea Urge North Korea to Return to Talks After Missile Tests

Serrao will represent Australia at the Miss Universe competition next year in South Korea. Also Read - Senior US Nuclear Envoy Arrives in South Korea For Talks to Denuclearise Korean Peninsula

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.