The 68th Miss Universe pageant held on December 8 in Atlanta, Georgia recently crowned its new queen, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa.
Zozibini Tunzi was born in the Eastern Cape and was raised in Sidwadweni. As a finalist in the competition, Zozibini shared how she grew up in poverty. As a result, Zozibini was forced to stop going to school for a year. However, by participating in pageants she was able to sustain her studies.
A Woman With A Purpose
The 26 year old beauty queen started her career in pageantry in 2017. In one of her Instagram posts, she revealed her goal to break beauty stereotypes. She wrote:
“I am the first Miss South Africa to wear the Buhle crown by @americanswissza . The introduction of the new crown symbolizes so much to me. It stands for a new dawn. It symbolizes change and bravery. I have been very vocal about my mission to break beauty stereotypes. I believe in inclusion and representation in every shape and form, and with the help of @official_misssa I am well on my way.”
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Miss Universe and Women of Color
Zozibini is only the sixth black woman to ever win Miss Universe. Leila Lopes (2011) from Angola, Mpule Kwelagobe (1999) from Botswana, Wendy Fitzwilliam (1998) from Trinidad and Tobago, Chelsi Smith (1995) from USA and Janelle Commissiong(1977) from Trinidad and Tobago are the other five titleholders, reports Afropede.
Miss South Africa’s answer in the Q&A portion as Top 3 finalist must have astounded the judges.
“Most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership; it’s something that’s been lacking in women for a long time not because we don’t want to but because of what society has labeled women to be.”
Zozibini encourages women to rise up.
“My wish for every woman…to have the courage to show up, as you are. Your imperfections are what make you perfect so do the world a favour and let us see you in all your glorious wonder! ✨” Zozibini said.
And in her closing statement she boldly proclaimed, “I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin, and my kind of hair is never considered to be beautiful. And I think that it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face. And I want them to see their faces reflected in mine. Thank you”
A well-deserved crown for a woman like Zozibini Tunzi. She is sure to do great things as Miss Universe 2019.