Miss South Africa was just crowned Miss Universe! Zozibini Tunzi, 26, stood out from 90 other women, and made history as the first Black South African to win the title.
According to her contest biography, Tunzi is an activist who has devoted herself to fighting gender based violence and changing the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is also an advocate for natural beauty.
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In her last response Tunzi emphasized what it was like growing up and her hopes for the next generation.
“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 continued, “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.”
Tunzi is now a part of the history making Black beauty queens as she joins Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. It is the first time all pageants have crowned a Black woman in the same year.
The pageant was held at Tyler Perry’s studios in Atlanta, GA.