South African Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe 2019 Updated for 2021


Updated: February 28, 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi.

“Congratulations to our #MissUniverse2019 @ZoziTunzi. I too hope children the world over will see their faces reflected in yours & be inspired to believe in the power of their dreams,” Mr. Ramaphosa said.

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“May young women continue to take up space & leave an indelible mark on society, just as you have”.

Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe Sunday night. The massive competition was hosted at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, United States.

 She excelled through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts, questions on social issues and one final chance to explain 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,” she said in her last response. “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.”

The two runners-up for the crown were Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico.

The beauty queen herself tweeted that she was elated for the win.

Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi

“Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it,” she tweeted.

“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 #MissUniverse2019”.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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