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South African Beauty Queen Crowned Miss Universe 2019

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent

Zozibini Tunzi said she grew up in a world where a woman who looks like her, was never considered beautiful.

On Sunday, December 8, the South Africa beauty queen was crowned Miss Universe.

“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 beautiful,” Tunzi stated.

“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 added.

The 26-year-old from Tsolo, South Africa, speaks English and Isixhosa.

Tunzi’s official biography notes that she’s a passionate activist and engaged in the fight against gender-based violence. Tunzi has devoted her social media campaign to changing the narrative around gender stereotypes, and she said she’s a proud advocate for natural beauty.

Tunzi also works to encourage women to “love themselves the way they are,” she stated.

“Tonight, a door was opened, and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it,” Tunzi wrote on Twitter after being crowned Miss Universe 2019.

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“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. I am Miss Universe 2019,” she stated.

Sofia Aragón of Mexico and Madison Anderson of Puerto Rico were the two runners-up in the pageant.

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