Miss South Africa wins 2019 Miss Universe crown
South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Sunday in Atlanta after a lavish ceremony filled with glamour and heartfelt speeches about female empowerment.
Zozibini and Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson were the top two contestants for the Miss Universe title. Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018 crowned Zozibini Tunzi at the event.
The 2019 Miss Universe pageant was held in the capital of the US state of Georgia, Atlanta. 90 women from across the world participated in the pageant. Contestants competed in swimsuits, evening gown and on-stage question rounds.
Zozibini Tunzi, a 26-year-old is from Tsolo, South Africa. Tunzi is an active social fighter against gender based violence. Her Miss Universe boi describes Zizibini as,
“She has devoted her social media campaign to changing the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is a proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are.”
The final question that won Miss Universe South Africa the crown was: “What is the most important thing you should be teaching young girls today?” She replied, “leadership is the most powerful thing we should be teaching young women today.”
One thing new this year was that each contestant was given the opportunity to make a final statement for the audience and judges.
After winning, Oprah Winfrey congratulated Zozibini and welcomed Tunzi to visit OWLAG, Winfrey’s academy of leadership.