Black Women Make History Holding Four Major Beauty Pageant Titles in 2019
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.
ON BEING PART OF THE FABULOUS FOUR
“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.”
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.
When Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was named Miss Universe on Sunday, it signified a milestone: All 4 major beauty pageant crowns are now held by black women https://t.co/ryUtK8KLal— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 10, 2019
WHY SHE'S A WINNER
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.”
EARNING PRAISE FROM OPRAH WINFREY AND MICHELLE OBAMA
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.
Congratulations Miss South Africa, the new Miss Universe @zozitunzi! Agree with you...leadership is the most powerful thing we should be teaching young women today. We welcome your visit to #OWLAG, our Leadership Academy for Girls 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 https://t.co/YL0NeO40QU— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 9, 2019
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.