Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has claimed the Miss Universe crown ahead of Miss Puerto Rico.
Tunzi wowed the judges with her natural stage presence and winning smile, as well as her proudly South African fashion creations. The natural beauty follows in the footsteps of Margaret Gardiner who was crowned Miss Universe in 1978, followed by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.
The first contestant to progress to the top 20, Tunzi did not falter once and made South Africa so very proud at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Her evening gown was worth the price of admission and as soon as she walked out on the stage, she was the favourite to snatch the crown.
Miss South Africa radiated confidence and grace on stage that comes from being at home in her own skin.
Our very own Miss Universe added an extra dimension to the final three contestants’ answers to the final question posed to them.
When asked what the most important thing we need to be teaching young girls today, Tunzi told host Steve Harvey:
“I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It is something that has been lacking in young girls and woman for a 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. 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.”
Following up her superb response to the question, Tunzi clinched the crown with 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, and 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,” Tunzi said before being crowned Miss Universe 2019.
Tunzi is the third Miss South Africa to claim the Miss Universe crown and she succeeds Catriona Gray of the Phillipines who took the crown in 2018 ahead of first runner-up and Miss Sa 2018, Tamaryn Green.