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    South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi wins Miss Universe 2019

    MANILA, Philippines – South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Sunday, December 8 (Monday Manila time) at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, just two years after another South African won the title.

    Reigning Miss Universe (Ms. Philippines) Catriona Gray crowns her succesor Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi
    Reigning Miss Universe (Ms. Philippines) Catriona Gray crowns her succesor Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi | Photo Credit: ABS-CBN

    Tunzi, 26, bested 89 other candidates from around the world. Puerto Rico's Madison Anderson was named the first-runner up while Mexico's Sofía Aragón followed as second runner-up.


    Tunzi is now wearing the new crown called "Power in Unity" inspired by nature, strength, beauty, femininity, and unity made by jewelry house Mouawad.


    During the competition's Q&A portion, the Top 3 contestants were asked about the most important thing they should be teaching young girls today.


    Her winning answer was:

    The most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. 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's what we should be teaching these young girls to take up space. There is nothing more important than to take up space in the society.

    In 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, also from South Africa, won the crown, ending a nearly four-decade long drought for her country in the Miss Universe pageant.

    SEE ALSO: Gazini Ganados ends Miss Universe 2019 journey

    Miss South Africa Nel-Peters crowned Miss Philippines Catriona Gray last year.
    Miss South Africa Nel-Peters crowned Miss Philippines Catriona Gray last year.

    — The Summit Express

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