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Miss South Africa Crowned Miss Universe 2019!

Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, won the coveted Miss Universe 2019 crown on Sunday, beating fellow finalists, Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson and Miss Mexico Sofía Montserrat Aragón Torres.

 

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The official portrait of #MissUniverse2019 @ZoziTunzi wearing the @mouawadjewelry crown. ✨ Photo by @benjaminaskinas.

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Television personality Steve Harvey hosted the 68th annual Miss Universe pageant at Atlanta’s Tyler Perry Studios. Meanwhile, celebrities Vanessa Lachey and Olivia Culpo became backstage commentators while a panel of seven women were tasked to choose the winner.

The Runner-Ups

The first and second runner-ups made positive remarks concerning their involvement and aspirations of winning the title during the competition.

“Being on the Miss Universe stage is not just a dream. I believe that I found my mission. It’s a representation of dedication, resilience and perseverance. I do believe my mission is to show the world that magic happens when we refuse to give up because the universe always listens to a stubborn heart”, stated first runner-up, Puerto Rican Madison Anderson during her closing statement.

“If you do not use your beauty for your life’s mission, it’s just an empty ornament,” said Mexico’s representative, Sofía Aragón.

The Winner

After successfully passing the swimsuit and evening gown rounds, Tunzi responded well to questions regarding social issues and explaining why she was the right choice for the crown.

In her closing speech, a new segment in the competition, the 26-year-old expressed her desire in smashing colour stereotypes and aiming 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. 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.”

Celebrating the Coronation

When the final announcement was made, the audience gave a thunderous applause and the South African flag was waved with pride. Consequently, Tunzi teared up as she was crowned Miss Universe by 2018’s winner, the Philippines’ Catriona Gray.

She was seen celebrating and embracing the other contestants. Nevertheless, the new Miss Universe declared that “there’s work to do”, adding that this moment is “surreal “.

 

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“Who are you?” “MISS UNIVERSE!!!!” #missuniverse #missuniverse2019 #southafrica

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