We all watched in awe as 25-year-old South African beauty pageant contestant Zozibini Tunzi took the crown this year’s for Miss Universe. While some marveled in her beauty, it was her poise, intelligence and grace that made her a winner that night.

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Each round, Tunzii delivered impactful statements about female leadership, climate change and classic beauty as she was crowned Miss Universe 2019.

Ms Tunzi shed light on her upbringing and how when she was a child, women who looked like her were not perceived as beautiful.


“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, and I think that it is time that that stops. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”

During one round, Steve Harvey asked the well-spoken beauty what she believes is the most important thing society should be teaching young girls today. She responded that she thinks young girls should be taught about leadership.

“It’s something that has been lurking in young girls and women for a very long time, not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labelled women to be,” she stated. “I think we are the most powerful beings in the world, and that we should be given every opportunity. And that is what we should be teaching young girls – to take up space.”

Full of knowledge and compassion, she even exhibited that she cares about the earth and it’s future. “From sixth grade, I have been learning that the climate is deteriorating and the planet is dying, and it is up to us to keep our planet safe,” the Miss Universe winner said.

Congratulations to Ms. Tunzi on winning a crown well-deserved. We salute the gifts and talents of this extraordinary woman.

Watch the video below to see ho.w Zozibini Tunzi took the crown!