Miss South Africa Crowned 2019 Miss Universe
Miss Universe 2019: In her closing speech, Zozibini Tunzi spoke of breaking colour stereotypes.
Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Sunday in Atlanta, US in a glitzy ceremony hosted by popular TV personality Steve Harvey.
26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi, dressed in a silver and blue gown, won beating Puerto Rican and Mexican finalists.
Television personalities Vanessa Lachey and Olivia Culpo were backstage commentators, and a panel of seven women determined the winner.
In her closing speech, the 26-year-old spoke of breaking colour stereotypes.
"I grew up in a world where women who look like me with my kind of skin or my kind of hair are not considered to be beautiful, I think that it is time that this stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face, then see their faces reflected in mine," Zozibini Tunzi said on stage before she was crowned Miss Universe 2019.
The competition was down to a face off between Miss South Africa and Miss Puerto Rico. The final announcement was made to loud cheers and people waving the South African flag in the audience. The 26-year-old teared up as she was crowned Miss Universe.
Ms Tunzi beat over 90 contestants from around the globe in the 68th instalment of Miss Universe, which was held in Atlanta's Tyler Perry Studios.