Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019 and the citizens of South African are beaming with pride!
Zozibini and Miss Universe Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson were the final two contestants eyeing the title. Miss Universe Mexico became the second-runner up. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned Zozibini Tunzi at the event held in Atlanta on Sunday night. India’s Vartika Singh did not make it into the Top 10.
A series of videos have surfaced online, wherein Zozibini is seen wiping away tears of joy after winning the coveted title.
Another video shows host Steve Harvey requesting for Zozibini’s autograph. Still letting the feeling of winning the event sink in, she takes his jacket and signs it.
The 26-year-old Miss Universe hails from Tsolo in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. She is also an activist fighting against gender-based violence. At the event she was described as someone who 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 the young woman the crown was, “ What is the most important thing you should be teaching young girls today?”
To which she replied, “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 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 we should be teaching young girls to take up space.”
After this historic moment, Oprah Winfrey took to Twitter to congratulate Zozibini. She wrote, “Congratulations Miss South Africa, the new Miss Universe @zozitunzi! Agree with you…leadership is the most powerful thing we should be teaching young women today. We welcome your visit to #OWLAG, our Leadership Academy for Girls (sic).”