Miss Universe held its 68th pageant at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, December 8.
South African Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019.
Tunzi is the third South African to win the Miss Universe pageant, but the first black South African. Margaret Gardiner was the first in 1978, followed by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.
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Tunzi’s Sunday’s triumph makes her an immediate millionaire.
Some of her prizes as Miss Universe include a year-long salary thought to be worth more than $100 000 (around R1,475 million), a luxury apartment in New York City, a modeling portfolio by some of the best fashion photographers as well as free dental services, skincare consultations and the services of professional nutritionists.
Tunzi triumphed to the crown out of some 90 contestants with Madison Anderson, Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon as the two runners up.
Before being crowned she said: “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, and 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.”
As a result, Face2face Africa in this article presents to you the black winners of the pageant.