Zozibini Tunzi from Tsolo (Eastern Cape), South Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Sunday, December 8 at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).
The 26-year-old graduate of public relations management degree received the new “Power of Unity” crown by Mouawad from last year’s winner, Catriona Gray.
Miss Puerto Rico, Madison Anderson, and Miss Mexico, Sofía Aragón were the first and second runners-up, respectively, while Colombia’s Gabriela Tafur and Thailand’s Paweensuda Drouin completed the Top 5 finalists.
The new Miss Universe, who is a passionate activist, engaged herself in the fight against gender-based violence and has devoted her social media campaign to change the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is also a proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are.
On its 68th edition, the competition was hosted by Steve Harvey in his fifth consecutive year, with former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo and Miss Teen USA Vanessa Lachey as backstage correspondents.
This is South Africa’s third Miss Universe title after Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters’ recent victory in 2017. The country has first won in 1978 with Margaret Gardiner.
Miss Universe 2019: South Africa – Zozibini Tunzi
1st Runner-Up: Puerto Rico – Madison Anderson
2nd Runner-Up: Mexico – Sofía Aragón
Colombia – Gabriela Tafur
Thailand – Paweensuda Drouin
France – Maëva Coucke
Iceland – Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir
Indonesia – Frederika Alexis Cull
Peru – Kelin Rivera
United States – Cheslie Kryst
Albania – Cindy Marina
Brazil – Júlia Horta
Croatia – Mia Rkman
Dominican Republic – Clauvid Dály
India – Vartika Singh
Nigeria – Olutosin Araromi
Philippines – Gazini Ganados
Portugal – Sylvie Silva
Venezuela – Thalía Olvino
Vietnam – Hoàng Thùy
Best in National Costume – Philippines
Miss Congeniality – Poland
Photos: Valerie Macon / AFP via Getty Images, EPA, Miss Universe Organization