Four Black women are currently holding beauty titles, one of them is Miss Universe. According to newly crowned Zozibini Tunzi, this historic feat sends out a clear message.
2019 is definitely the year of Black women.
As the Miss Universe pageant came to a close on December 8 crowning South African winner, Zozibini Tunzi, history was made. Four Black women are currently holding the titles of Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe.
Zozibini Tunzi during the 2019 Miss Universe pageant after winning the grand prize on December 8, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
“It feels fantastic,” she told the show’s hosts about being part of the year Black women stood out in the beauty pageant scene.
“We come from such a racially divided world and so for us to be moving forward in unity together to say look, these are women that have rarely been celebrated in the past and finally people are starting to see the greatness that is within us — I’m so happy to be a part of this.”
South African Zozibini Tunzi stands out amid a sea of beautiful women as she is crowned Miss Universe 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
Tunzi joins current Miss America, Nia Franklin, current Miss USA Cheslie Kryst and current Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris in making all Black women proud this year.
Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey lauded Tunzi for her powerful message about leadership that secured her the Miss Universe crown during the question and answer portion of the beauty pageant.
Following her historic win, the public relations specialist who flaunted her natural hair during the competition delivered an inspiring message for others like her who grew up thinking she fell short of the standards of beauty.
“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. I think it is time 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.”
Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey lauded Tunzi for her powerful message about leadership that secured her the Miss Universe crown during the question and answer portion of the beauty pageant. She hailed women as “the most powerful human beings in the world,” an idea Winfrey agreed on.
What a wonderful way to cap the year for Black woman. We salute the beauty of the Black woman and look forward to more historic firsts in the coming year.