Black woman crowned Miss Universe for first time since 2011
Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday, marking the first time in eight years that a black woman won the title.
Tunzi topped runner-up Miss Puerto Rico, Madison Anderson, and Miss Mexico, Sofia Argon, for the title. According to the BBC, Tunzi’s victory makes her the first black woman to receive the title since Leila Lopes of Angola won in 2011.
“I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair, was never considered to be beautiful,” Tunzi said of the win, according to the BBC.
“I think that it is time that that stops today,” she added.
During the competition, Tunzi pressed the importance of teaching young girls about 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 labeled women to be,” she said.
“I think we are the most powerful beings on the world, and that we should be given every opportunity,” she also said, adding: “And that is what we should be teaching these young girls — to take up space.”
After her win on Sunday night, a number of people took to social media to celebrate the representation of Tunzi’s victory as a dark-skinned black woman with short natural hair.
I was still shook that we have a black girl with natural short hair as Miss South Africa and she went and became Miss Universe!!! Against the status quo. A breath of fresh air. CHANGE!!! pic.twitter.com/zqNgp4ykeY
— Kolisa Yola Sinyanya (@Kolie_Yola) December 9, 2019
a dark skin black woman with short natural hair won not only miss SA but miss universe. the importance of that is not lost on me at all https://t.co/s4VOLIbg2x
— foyin (@foyinog) December 9, 2019
She also got some praise from Oprah Winfrey for her remarks on leadership.
Congratulations Miss South Africa, the new Miss Universe @zozitunzi! Agree with you…leadership is the most powerful thing we should be teaching young women today. We welcome your visit to #OWLAG, our Leadership Academy for Girls https://t.co/YL0NeO40QU
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 9, 2019
Earlier this year, history was made when winners crowned this year’s Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA were all black women.