WATCH | SA's Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe

09 December 2019 - 07:28
By Naziziphiwo buso
Zozibini Tunzi, of South Africa, is crowned Miss Universe by her predecessor, Catriona Gray of the Philippines, at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
Image: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE Zozibini Tunzi, of South Africa, is crowned Miss Universe by her predecessor, Catriona Gray of the Philippines, at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019.

The news broke in the early hours of Monday morning after Tunzi emerged victoriously from Sunday evening’s glittering pageant.

LISTEN | Zozibini Tunzi message to SA after being crowned Miss Universe

After wowing the judges and fans throughout the competition Zozibini managed to swoop the title, taking over from Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. 

Zozibini is the third South African to win the Miss Universe title. The first was Margaret Gardiner in 1978, followed by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.

Throughout the night she emphasized the need for girls to be educated.

"I got my first book from my grandmother who never got an opportunity to get an education. She gave me that book because she had hope that i would have a future much better than hers.

"I come from strong women who have fought, not only to be recognized as humans, but to be recognized as intelligent and capable leaders.

"Because of those women i am here today and it is now my responsibility to inspire others to lead and to be the best and stay confident in everything they do."