South Africa wins Miss Universe 2019
The world stood still on Sunday, December 8th, 2019 as 26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi, who represented South Africa at the recent Miss Universe Pageant which was held at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, was crowned Miss Universe 2019.
Even though she is the third person from South Africa to win this competition, Tunzi made history by becoming the first black woman from that country to win with her low-cut natural (Afro-textured) hair. This is to be expected as Tunzi has always been an advocate of natural beauty. She is quoted on the Miss Universe website saying that women should “love themselves the way they are.” Besides being passionate about encouraging women to embrace their natural beauty, she is also known to be at the forefront of activities which fight against gender violence and gender inequality, especially against women.
After being declared winner of the 2019 edition of the Miss Universe beauty pageant, the crown was placed on Tunzi’s head by Catriona Gray, winner of Miss Universe 2018. This year’s crown, aptly named “The Power of Unity”, is comprised of 18-karat gold, 1,770 diamonds and a golden centrepiece stone which weighs 62.83 carats. The crown which is worth about $5M, represents “nature, strength, beauty, femininity, and unity” according to Mouawad, the designers of this year’s crown.
Congratulations to Miss Zozibini Tunzi on being crowned this year’s Miss Universe. In doing so, she teaches the world a vital lesson: be yourself, stay true to who you are and you will be rewarded for it.