South African’s Zozibini Tunzi Emerges Miss Universe 2019
South African’s Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe in Atlanta, US.
“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, Tunzi said.
Over 90 women from across the world took part in the pageant which was held in Atlanta in the US on Sunday.
Zozibini beat Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson and Mexico’s Sofia Aragon in the final three to take the tiara.
Finalists in the competition were asked a range of questions on topics such as climate change, protest and social media.
In her final question, the 26-year-old Zozibini was asked what we should be teaching young girls today.
Her answer was leadership.
“It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time – not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labelled women to be,” she said.
“I think we are the most powerful beings on the world, and that we should be given every opportunity.
“And that is what we should be teaching these young girls – to take up space.”
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Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it. May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine. I proudly state my name Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019!
Zozibini is the first black woman to win the competition since Leila Lopes in 2011.
Reflecting on her win, Zozibini wrote on her instagram page: “Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it.
“May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine.
“I proudly state my name Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019!”
The hashtag #MissUniverse was trending on Twitter and she even got a shout-out from Oprah Winfrey.
Congratulations Miss South Africa, the new Miss Universe @zozitunzi! Agree with you…leadership is the most powerful thing we should be teaching young women today. We welcome your visit to #OWLAG, our Leadership Academy for Girls 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 https://t.co/YL0NeO40QU— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 9, 2019