Ten things to know about South African Zozibini Tunzi, elected Miss Universe 2019
At 26, the South African was crowned Miss Universe 2019 at the annual ceremony which was held in Atlanta (United States) on December 8. She is the third black woman to win the title.
A Miss Universe with short, frizzy hair! We had never seen that. Especially since the winner's ebony skin clearly did not suffer from any lightening product. What blast the canons of beauty that Angolan Leila Lopes (the last African to win the title, in 2011) had scrupulously respected: long and smooth hair, lighter complexion…
In her last speech, before the verdict, the winner called for women to be taught the concept of leadership. "I think that we women are the most powerful beings on Earth, and that we should be given every chance. Young girls should be taught to take their place in society. "
During her coronation, the young woman gave a speech in the form of an ode to black beauty: “I grew up in a world where women like me, with my skin and hair type, have never been. considered to be beautiful. It is time for that to change. "
Les quatre fantastiques
While she was elected Miss Universe, three black women won the three other most prestigious beauty pageants in the United States: Nia Franklin became Miss America, Cheslie Kryst was crowned Miss USA, and Kaliegh Garris was crowned Miss Teen USA. A first !
She was born on September 18, 1993 in Tsolo, a town in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. She grew up in the village of Sidwadweni before her family settled permanently in Cape Town.
In 2015, she won a local beauty pageant (Miss Mamelodi Sundowns). Two years later, she ran for Miss South Africa, and failed. In 2019, she tried her luck again, and was elected on August 9. Price: a car and 1 million rand (around 61 euros).
This time, in addition to her Miss Universe crown, she has a luxurious official apartment in New York, where she will live in order to participate in a host of events linked to her new status.
She will also receive an annual salary of approximately $ 100. Not to mention unlimited access to dental care or opportunities to work with professional photographers.
Her mother is the principal of a school in the village of Bolotwa. Her father is employed at the Ministry of Higher Education and Training in Pretoria. She has three sisters.
In 2018, she obtained a public relations and image management diploma as well as a technology license from Cape Peninsula University of Technology while simultaneously pursuing a modeling career.
She defends women's rights and notably supports the UN campaign HeForShe, of which English actress Emma Watson is a goodwill ambassador.
On the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8, on her Twitter account, she called on "all men" to send letters to women. These letters were inserted into the ribbons of the dress in the colors of her country that she wore during the Miss Universe pageant. SOURCE: https://www.jeuneafrique.com/mag/872039/culture/entre-feminisme-et-beaute-noire-assumee-dix-choses-a-savoir-sur-la-sud-africaine-zozibini-tunzi- elected-miss-universe-2019 /