Zozibini Tunzi is crowned Miss Universe 2019



Zozibini Tunzi receives the title of Miss Universe 2019.

  Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was crowned Miss Universe by her successor Catriona Gray of the Philippines at the 68th annual Miss Universe Pageant in Atlanta, Georgia. 

  For the first time in pageant history, all four major pageant titles have been awarded to outstanding African-American Women. Standing alongside Zozibini, is the current Miss America, Nia Franklin, the 2019 Miss USA Chelsie Kryst, and Miss Teen USA Kaleigh Garris. 

   In Zozibini’s closing statements, she advocated for self love, climate change and gender equality. Zozibini discussed the importance of changing the beauty standards and finally learning and understanding the importance of “black girl magic.”

  “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” Zozibini said during her moving closing statement, “I think it is time that stops today, I want children to look at my face, and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine”

  Zozibini wore her hair in a natural South African short style during multiple pageant stages. Competing in the evening gown, swim suit and costume contest, Zozibini excelled earning the title of Miss Universe for South Africa for the second time in three years.

   As contestants were asked questions ranging from social issues to climate change, Zozibini’s answers shone when asked what young girls should be taught today. The crowd was moved by her response of leadership and the vital role of women in our society. 

  As Miss Universe moves forward she will continue her campaign HeForShe, an organization partnered with the united nations to encourage men to join the fight for gender equality. Zozibini also hopes to continue to inspire young girls to find their beauty and to follow their dreams.