Miss South Africa Was Crowned 2019 Miss Universe & Helped Make History
This means Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe are all Black women for the first time in history.
Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was crowned 2019’s Miss Universe on Sunday night, becoming the first Black woman to win the competition since Leila Lopes in 2011.
Tunzi was one of over 90 women from across the world to compete in the pageant, which took place at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, GA. The competition’s two runners-up were Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico. The 26-year-old, who won Miss South Africa in August, is a “is a passionate activist and engaged in the fight against gender based violence.”
“May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine,” Tunzi stated on Instagram.
Tunzi’s win also means that Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe are all Black women for the first time in history. 2019’s Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, a civil litigation attorney and #MeToo advocate, won the 68th Miss USA pageant on May 2. Kaliegh Garris, a disability advocate who received national attention for wearing her natural hair during the competition, won the 37th Miss Teen USA on April 28. Nia Franklin, a classically-trained opera singer composer, won the 92nd Miss America pageant on September 9.