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South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi is Miss Universe 2019

NEW QUEEN. Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta Ga.

"I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me with my color skin and my kind of hair is not considered beautiful," Tunzi said during her closing statement. "That stops today. I want children to look at my face and see their own looking back at them."

Zozibini Tunzi succeeds Catriona Gray of the Philippines

South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Monday, December 9 (December 8, Sunday in the US), in Atlanta, Georgia.

Zozibini succeeded Catriona Gray of the Philippines.

Tunzi, 26, is a public relations professional and activist whose platform is largely based on her fight against gender-based violence, according to her contestant biography.

“She has devoted her social media campaign to changing the narrative around gender stereotypes,” her bio reads. “She is a proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are.”

Tunzi blew everyone away with her quote on the importance of teaching young women leadership, and to “take up space,” which caused the crowd to go wild.

“I think one of the most important things we should be teaching young girls today is leadership,” she said. “It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time – not because we don’t want to but because of what society has labeled women to be. 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 these young girls – to take up space. Nothing as important as taking up space in society.”

Puerto Rico's Madison Anderson was 1st runner-up while Mexico's Sofía Aragón was 2nd runner-up. – Rappler.com

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