• Jalyn Hammond

Miss South Africa Crowned Miss Universe 2019

On Sunday, December 8, 2019, a dream came true for a brown skinned girl. Sharing the stage with the first and second runners-up, Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico, 26 year old, South African model, Zozibini Tunzi was crowned 2019’s Miss Universe.

Tunzi won the title of ‘Miss South Africa’ in early 2019, as a symbol of her firm belief in fair representation while sharing her natural beauty with the world. Zozibini wore her natural hair to compliment her beautiful brown skin. Once crowned as the winner, Tunzi took some time to explain beauty standards and social issues.

Tunzi is all about gender equality, as she asked South African men to demonstrate their solidarity with the campaign on gender equality #HeForShe. Tunzi asked the men to write letters to honor and celebrate South African women and their culture. “The letters, written on colorful ribbon, were woven into her costume, which was called ‘Wave of Love’, says NPR.

“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. I think it is time 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 speaks as she accepts her crown.

Eight years later, following in the footsteps of Leila Lopes, whom was the last Black woman to earn the title of the Miss Universe pageant in 2011. Tunzi also shares the light with her fellow Black Girl Magic winners, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America, as they were all black women.



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