I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership…”
26 year old Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa took home the mesmerizing Miss Universe 2019 crown. After going through many grueling rounds including the evening gown struts, Tunzi was judged as the winner.
Zozibini and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson were the top two contenders for the Miss Universe title. Miss Universe Mexico is the second-runner up. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned Zozibini Tunzi at the event held in Atlanta on Sunday night. India’s Vartika Singh couldn’t make it to top ten.
The 2017 winner of Miss Universe was also from South Africa.
Sofia Aragon from Mexico is the third runner-up.
Making to the top five were: Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Thailand and South Africa.
Tunzi’s answer to the final word cemented her position and made her the rightful owner of the crown. When Steve Harvey asked what should be the most important thing that one should teach young girls today, her answer just stole the show. “I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It is something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time not because we don’t want to but what society has labelled 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 this young girls to take up space. Nothing is important as taking up space in society and cementing yourselves,” she said.
However, a Miss Universe pageant never seems to be complete without a Steve Harvey faux pas. This time while announcing the best costume award Harvey announced the winner as Miss Philippines while the winner was Miss Malaysia Shweta Sekhon. Sekhon’s picture displayed on the screen and that is when Harvey promptly corrected his mistake and put all the blame on the teleprompter. “Y’all gotta quit doing this to me,” he said.
It is safe to say that Tunzi represents all the women of colour, and in her response explains why she was the right choice. “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,” she said.