Miss Universe 2019 titled goes to South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi. 26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi, clad dressed in a silver and blue gown, won beating Puerto Rican and Mexican finalists. The question asked to the three finalists was the same. The final question that won Miss Universe South Africa the crown was: “What is the most important thing you should be teaching young girls today?”
She said, “I think the most important thing is leadership. It’s something that’s been lacking in young girls and women for a long time. Not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labelled us to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world.”
Tunzi had been fighting against gender based violence. Her Miss Universe boi describes her as, “She 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.”
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 9, 2019
Giving a conclusion statement by the winner, the 26-year-old spoke of breaking colour stereotypes and wanting to empower young women. “I grew up in a world where women who look like me with my kind of skin or my kind of hair are not considered to be beautiful, I think that it is time that this stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face, then see their faces reflected in mine,” Zozibini Tunzi said on stage before she was crowned Miss Universe 2019.
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— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 9, 2019