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South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi Wins Miss Universe 2019

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-12-09

Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Sunday in Atlanta, US. The announcement came at a glitzy ceremony hosted by popular TV personality Steve Harvey.

 

26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi, dressed in a silver and blue gown, won beating Puerto Rican and Mexican finalists.

 

In her closing speech, a new segment in the competition, the 26-year-old spoke of breaking colour stereotypes and wanting to empower young women.

 

"I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and my kind of hair — was never considered to be beautiful," she said in her last response. "I think 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."



 

The two runners-up for the crown were Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico.

 

"If you do not use your beauty for your life's mission, it's just an empty ornament," Sofía Aragón, representing Mexico, said earlier in the competition.

 

Madison Anderson represented Puerto Rico.

 

Tunzi beat over 90 contestants from around the globe in the 68th installment of Miss Universe, which was held in Atlanta’s Tyler Perry Studios.

 

The Philippines’ Catriona Gray, who presented Tunzi the crown, was the Miss Universe winner in 2018.

 

India’s Vartika Singh could not make it to the top ten. Making to the top five were: Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, and South Africa.

 


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