This year’s Miss Universe competition was held on December 8, 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States and saw 3 contestants from Mexico, Puerto Rico and South Africa made it to the final. After Sofía Aragón, the Mexi-can beauty, was announced as the 2nd Runner-Up, everyone held their breaths to hear who was the winner of this year’s Crown, Madison Anderson (Puerto Rico) or Zozibini Tunzi (South Africa). And behold, the host, Steve Harvey, announced Miss South Africa as the winner.
And while the crowning moment is, perhaps, most satisfying to watch, after congratulating her on the win, many people looked back and focused on what message Zozibini Tunzi channeled throughout the competition. Some, including model and busi-nesswoman Naomi Campbell, praised Zozi for expressing her beliefs about beauty standards and how her presence and titles were changing what was once considered a norm.
Tunzi is the first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe since Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe in 2011 and the third woman from South Africa to win the title. Tunzi started her career in pageantry in 2017, but she had come a long way before that.
Born September 18,1993, the 26-year-old woman hails from Tsolo, Eastern Cape. One of three sisters, Zozi was raised in the village of Sidwadweni and says that she owes everything to her parents, Philiswa Nadapu and Lungisa Tunzi. In one of the In-stagram posts, Miss Universe described their relationship, “I am because you are. You’ve given me life, you’ve raised me to be the woman I am so that I can stand in a faraway land proudly knowing where I’m rooted and where I come from. You’ve sac-rificed so much and fought battles I don’t even know about, everything so that we could have all the opportunities the Uni-verse has to offer. I am forever grateful and hope to make you proud, every single day of my life!”