Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa was declared Miss Universe 2019 smashing through stereotypes!
Society as a whole as has frowned upon women who exude darker shade leaving them disadvantaged in fashion circles and Tunzi’s crowning as Miss Universe has literally told the world that it’s okay to be fair and glowing BUT darker is also just as beautiful.
To be slim was beautiful. To have an hourglass shaped body with thick straight hair was beautiful. Anything other than this was deemed unattractive. And it was made worse by advertisements, beauty magazines, and of course, beauty pageants.
So now as a South-African woman usurps the Miss Universe 2019 throne, women of the world seemed to let out a breath of relief!
Among 90 other contestants, she won the judges heart with her answer to the question, “What is the most important thing you should be teaching young girls today?”
“The most important thing we should teach young girls is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women 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 being in the world and that we should be given every opportunity. That is what we should be teaching these young girls to take, to take up space. Nothing is more important than taking up space in society and submitting yourself.”
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Tunzi also used the Miss Universe platform to speak about the “ubiquitous” beauty standards set by society. She expressed how young girls who looked like her and women of colour have never been made to feel beautiful. She urged children who have been victims of biased beauty standards to look at her as an example of how beauty isn’t restrictive to a certain kind.
For a woman of colour to be crowned Miss Universe is groundbreaking and shatters societal norms in so many different levels. People of the internet took to Twitter to congratulate Tunzi and express how the world is slowly changing and is more accepting of various definitions of beauty.
Each time a woman of colour is recognised in a global platform, conventional beauty standards begin to crumble and start forming a new, more inclusive definition of beauty.