South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 last Sunday, December 8 at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). The 26-year-old smart beauty became an instant celebrity after winning the coveted title, making headlines around the world.
Here are some things to know about her:
She hails from the Eastern Cape
Zozibini was born on September 18, 1993 in Tsolo, a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
She comes from an academic family
Her mother is a school principal and her father works at the Department of Higher Education and Training in Pretoria. She holds a bachelor’s and a graduate degree in public relations management.
Second time’s a charm
She joined Miss South Africa two times. In 2017, she was a semi-finalist when Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the national title and later on Miss Universe.
She’s the third South African Miss Universe
Zozibini is the third woman from South Africa to win the Miss Universe crown and the first black South African woman to bring home the prestigious title.
She believes in natural beauty
She chose to compete with her natural hair as a symbol of her firm belief in fair representation of any shape and form, and she hopes to inspire people to be themselves at all times.
A passionate activist and change advocate
Zozibini engaged herself in the fight against gender-based violence and has devoted her social media campaign to change the narrative around gender stereotypes.
A superhero fan
Aside from being a big fan of the Marvel Universe, she also enjoys DC Comics fictional superheroine, Wonder Woman.
Photos: Miss Universe Organization