The 26-year-old beauty queen South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi beat 89 other contestants to be crowned the new Miss Universe during the pageant held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 26-year-old pageant winner is the first black woman from South Africa to wear the Miss Universe crown.
The new miss Universe Tunzi was born in Tsolo, and raised in the nearby village of Sidwadweni. She completed her Bachelor of Technology grad degree in public relations management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was the first runner up and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon was the second runner-up.
The final three were asked on-stage: “What is the most important thing you should be teaching young girls today?”
Olutosin Araromi representing Nigeria came fourth …..The Nigerian-American competitor is a recent graduate of Montclair State University, where she studied human services with a concentration in health/family services and a minor in psychology.
Zozibini Tunzi explained why she was the right choice to be crowned while speaking on social issues.
“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 floral design of the crown is meant to represent unity among women from all seven continents, while the crown as a whole was inspired by “nature, strength, beauty, femininity, and unity,”
It’s made with 18-karat gold and 1,770 diamonds, including a golden centerpiece stone weighing 62.83 carats,