South African's Zozibini Tunzi takes her first walk as Miss Universe 2019.
PHOTO BY MISS UNIVERSE
DUBAI – South African beauty Zozibini Tunzi succeeded Catriona Gray of the Philippines as Miss Universe 2019 on Monday (December 9 in UAE).
Tunzi became the third South African to win the title, after Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017 and Margaret Gardiner in 1978.
The Miss Universe pageant in Atlanta, Georgia also saw Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson awarded as 1st runner-up and Mexico’s Sofía Aragón as 2nd runner-up.
Zozibini will be based in New York during her year-long rein as Miss Universe.
The 26-year-old was born in Tsolo, Eastern Cape and raised in Sidwadweni village. She holds a degree in public relations and image management.
She first entered pageantry in 2017, becoming a semifinalist in Miss South Africa. She competed again in the pageant in 2019 and won.
In her closing statement at the pageant finals, she said that she considered her victory as a victory for all women of colour.
“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. And I think that it is time that it stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want to see their faces reflected in mine,” she said. ICA/Expat Media
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