Miss Universe 2019 crowns Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa. Making her the third Miss South Africa and first black woman to win since Leila Lopes was crowned in 2011.
Zozibini Tunzi, The New Miss Universe Fights Against Gender Based Violence
Not only is Miss Zozibini Tunzi the first Miss South Africa of pure African ancestry to win the Miss Universe title. Additionally, she is the first Miss Universe winner to win with short hair in the millennium since Janelle Commissiong of Trinidad and Tobago won in 1977. And it’s also notable to point out that she is the first to win with afro-textured hair.
Miss South Africa beats out Miss Mexico’s Sofia Aragon and Miss Puerto Rico’s Miss Madison Anderson as the top 3 contestants. Watch as Ms. Tunzi is crowned Miss Universe of 2019.
Representing South Africa, 26-year-old Miss Tunzi is a fashion model. Learning from her grandmother, she is an avid reader and is an inspiration to all young girls and women alike.
She is elegantly well-spoken, unapologetically natural, regal and confidently beautiful.
Miss Universe 2019 Summons Her Black Girl Magic
“I like to self-affirm every single morning, I look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘you’re beautiful, capable and you’re intelligent’. This week I’ve been listening to ‘Brown Skin Girl‘ just to activate that black girl magic.”
Costume Representing South Africa
While representing her country of South Africa, this is the costume she wore for the 2019 Miss Universe competition.
“I’m asking the people of South Africa to be part of the fabric of my Miss Universe National Costume by writing love letters that pledge support for the women of this country.”
“It is my hope that these pledges will start, and continue a conversation around gender-based violence. We have to start the narration where right-thinking people act as role models for those who think it’s okay to mistreat women.”
Meet Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa
Born in Tsolo, Easten Cape and raised in the nearby village of Sidwadweni, Tunzi is one of three sisters. She later moved to Cape Town.
Miss Tunzi is an educated sister. At the time of her entering the pageant in 2017, she was completing a Bachelor of Technology graduate degree in public relations management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Not only that, she also worked as a graduate intern in the public relations department of Ogilvy Cape Town.
“What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?”
I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is 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. I think we are the most powerful beings in 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, nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself, thank you.
On Climate Change
“Future leaders could do a little bit more, but we as individuals can also play a part in making the climate the way it should be in the future. We have children protesting about the climate and, as adults, we should join as well. We should have corporations join and the government should take it seriously. It is up to us to keep our planet safe.”
On The Diversity of Beauty
“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. And I think that it’s 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.”
The Reign of Miss Universe 2019 Begins
By winning the title of Miss Universe 2019, Miss Tunzi joins three other recent pageant winners who are all women of color. Miss USA, Miss America and Miss Teen America are all of black ancestry.
Miss Universe 2019 will now share a luxurious New York City apartment with Miss USA 2019 to start her year long reign.
Congratulations, Miss Zozibini Tunzi, you make us proud!
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