Miss South Africa. Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Atlanta. Zozibini Tunzi, 26, finished first ahead of the Puerto Rican and Mexican finalists in the event, hosted by American comic turned TV personality Steve Harvey.
Tunzi earned cheers during her closing speech, a new segment of the competition, in which she talked about wanting to empower young women to feel confident.
“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 that it is time that that stops today,” she said.
Tunzi, had more than 90 contestants from around the globe to contend with, with the two favorites ahead of the competition, Miss Thailand Paweensuda Saetan-Drouin and Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados, not making it to the final 10.
The Philippines’ Catriona Gray, who presented Tunzi with the crown, took home the Miss Universe crown in 2018.
Television personalities Vanessa Lachey and Olivia Culpo served as backstage commentators, and a panel of seven women determined the winner in this year’s edition.