South Africa's Beauty Queen,l Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe 2019

Lawrence Kim
December 10, 2019

South Africans are still on a high following Zozibini Tunzi's win at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.

Television personalities Vanessa Lachey and Olivia Culpo served as backstage commentators, and a panel of seven women determined the victor.

"I didn't enter Miss SA because I thought I was the most handsome woman in SA, I entered because it's one of the few platforms that give women the ability to lead and I knew I had a powerful voice and message to send out", she told DRUM just before heading to the Miss Universe competition.

"I came into this competition with my natural hair as a symbol of my firm belief in being yourself", she told DRUM after winning the Miss SA title in August 2019.

When asked during Sunday's contest what it is most important to teach young girls today, Tunzi said leadership, unleashing a standing ovation at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Miss Thailand Paweensuda Saetan-Drouin and Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados, who were considered favorites ahead of the contest, did not make it to the final 10.

Zozibini beat Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Mexico to be crowned the fairest in the universe. Homosexuality is illegal in Myanmar and is punishable by up to life in prison.

Tunzi's triumph is the second for South Africa in Miss Universe.

Additionally, Miss Universe continues to host the swimsuit competition, which has drawn criticism for objectifying the contestants, although that part of the pageant was not televised.

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