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Miss South Africa wins 2019 Miss Universe crown

09 Dec 2019 / 19:55 H.

Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe yesterday in Atlanta after a lavish ceremony filled with glitter and heartfelt speeches about female empowerment.

Zozibini Tunzi, 26, finished first ahead of the Puerto Rican and Mexican finalists in a flashy televised event, hosted by American comic turned TV personality Steve Harvey.

Television personalities Vanessa Lachey and Olivia Culpo served as backstage commentators, and a panel of seven women determined the winner.

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,“ she said.

“I think that it is time that that stops today,“ she said to thunderous applause.

Tunzi beat more than 90 contestants from around the globe in the 68th instalment of Miss Universe, which was held in Atlanta’s Tyler Perry Studios.

The two favorites ahead of the competition, Miss Thailand Paweensuda Saetan-Drouin and Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados, did not make it to the final 10.

The Philippines’ Catriona Gray, who presented Tunzi with the crown, took home the Miss Universe crown in 2018. – AFP

Shweta Sekhon, Miss Malaysia 2019 on stage during the National Costume Show at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta on Friday, December 6, 2019.
Shweta Sekhon, Miss Malaysia 2019 on stage during the National Costume Show at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta on Friday, December 6, 2019.
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Alyna Somnang, Miss Cambodia 2019
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Alyssa Boston, Miss Canada 2019
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Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019
Gunzaya Bat-Erdene, Miss Mongolia 2019
Gunzaya Bat-Erdene, Miss Mongolia 2019
Julia Horta, Miss Brazil 2019
Julia Horta, Miss Brazil 2019
Madison Anderson, Miss Puerto Rico 2019
Madison Anderson, Miss Puerto Rico 2019
Mohanaprabha Selvam, Miss Singapore 2019
Mohanaprabha Selvam, Miss Singapore 2019
Paola Chacón Fuentes, Miss Costa Rica 2019
Paola Chacón Fuentes, Miss Costa Rica 2019
Paweensuda Drouin, Miss Thailand 2019
Paweensuda Drouin, Miss Thailand 2019
Shirin Akter, Miss Bangladesh 2019
Shirin Akter, Miss Bangladesh 2019
Thuy Hoang, Miss Vietnam 2019
Thuy Hoang, Miss Vietnam 2019
$!Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa 2019
Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa 2019

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