South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe 2019

Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa is Miss Universe 2019. YES! Let that sink in because African ladies we rock the world! Ms Tunzi was crowned after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts, questions on social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice.

The 2019 Miss Universe title at the annual beauty pageant on Sunday, held this year at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

South Africa, Mexico and Puerto Rico were the finalists and the three women faced off for the crown as the evening came to a close.

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was named the winner of Miss Universe 2019 after trouncing her competitors who had put up a good fight for the crown. Second place went to Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson.

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi,
Steve Harvey standing to Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, shortly before she was crowned Miss Universe at Taylor Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia

Hailing from South Africa, the 26-year-old pageant winner is the first black woman from her country to wear the Miss Universe crown. She works as an activist, and is particularly passionate about fighting gender-based violence. Natural beauty is also important to Tunzi, who believes women should “love themselves the way they are,” according to the Miss Universe website.

Right before the winner was announced, the show added a segment to let each contestant share her closing statement.

“I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and my kind of hair — was never considered to be beautiful,” she said in her last response. “I think it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”

After being named the winner, Tunzi pressed her hands together against her head and grinned. She was then presented with the Miss Universe sash, which was placed over her sparkling, long-sleeved gown. Of course, the Miss Universe crown followed. Tunzi looked emotional as Catriona Gray — who previously served as Miss Philippines and Miss Universe 2018 — placed the crown upon her head.

Miss South Africa looked stunning in the headpiece, and its center stone perfectly matched her golden dress.

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