Miss Universe 2019: South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi crowned winner, India crashes out early

Miss Universe 2019: South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on December 8, 2019. Zozibini Tunzi beat 90 contestants from different countries across the globe to win the coveted title. She has become the third Miss Universe winner from South Africa.  

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned new Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi at the event. India’s Miss Universe 2019 representative Vartika Singh bowed out of the Miss Universe 2019 competition after securing a place in the Miss Universe 2019 top 20.

The Miss Universe 2019 runner-ups included Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson as the first runner-up and Miss Mexico Ashley Alvidrez as the second runner-up. The others in the top five of the Miss Universe 2019 beauty pageant included Miss Colombia and Miss Thailand.

Miss Universe 2019 Top 5

1. Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi

2. Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson

3. Miss Mexico Ashley Alvidrez

4. Miss Colombia Gabriela Tafur 

5. Miss Thailand Jennifer Paweensuda Saetan-Drouin

Miss Universe 2019 Top 10: Miss Colombia, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss South Africa, Miss Peru, Miss Iceland, Miss France, Miss Indonesia, Miss Thailand, Miss USA and Miss Mexico.

Miss Universe 2019 Top 20: Miss South Africa, Miss Indonesia, Miss Vietnam, Miss Nigeria, Miss Thailand, Miss Albania, Miss France, Miss Iceland, Miss Croatia, Miss Portugal, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Peru, Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Mexico, Miss USA, Miss Philippines, Miss Venezuela, Miss India, Miss Columbia and Miss Brazil.

Miss Universe 2019 winner Zozibini Tunzi: All you need to know

Miss Universe 2019 winner is South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi. The 26-year-old from Tsolo, South Africa, is an active campaigner against gender-based violence and stereotypes.

Zozibini Tunzi is also a proud advocate of natural beauty and encourages women to appreciate themselves in the way they are.

Zozibini Tunzi has become the first wearer of the new Mouawad crown. Speaking after her win, Tunzi said that she grew up in a world where women who look like her were never considered to be beautiful but it is time that this stops. She stated that now she wants children to look at her and see her face and see their faces reflected in hers.

Miss Universe 2019 final question

What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?

Zozibini Tunzi’s answer: “I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time, not because we don’t want to but because of what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity and that is what we should be teaching these young girls, to take up space, nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself, thank you.”

Miss Universe 2019

The Miss Universe 2019 pageant was held in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America on December 8, 2019. The event was hosted by Steve Harvey, who had infamously announced the wrong contestant as the Miss Universe winner in 2015.

The Miss Universe 2019 saw participation from 90 contestants from across the world. South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson and Miss Mexico Ashley Alvidrez were the top three and the final two included Miss South Africa and Miss Puerto Rico.

Miss India Universe Vartika Singh made it to the top 20 as a wild card but crashed out of the top 10.

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