JOHANNESBURG – Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019.
The pageant saw young women from around the globe and countries flaunt their style and heart at this year’s Miss Universe event.
The pageant was hosted at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, USA, with Steve Harvey as the host of the event.
South Africans are celebrating the achievement made by one of their own in the international platform. The 26-year-old is the third South African to be crowned miss universe; the first being Margaret Gardiner in 1978 and the second being Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.
“The Miss Universe platform as well as the Miss South Africa platform are some of the few platforms that actually give women the ability to lead and the sooner we start looking at it as a leadership position, the less it’s something that’s taboo and the more we can start moving forward as women,” she said.
In an earlier interview, she told EWN: “If I have to be the sacrificial lamb for people to call me ugly or whatever it is that they want to call me, it’s fine because then I open a gate for people who are different – like me – who want to be in spaces where they have been told they don’t belong.”