People Are Celebrating Miss Universe 2019’s Message About Women

During December 8’s Miss Universe competition, contestants from Mexico (Sofía Aragón), Puerto Rico (Madison Anderson) and South Africa (Zozibini Tunzi) landed in the finals, but it was Miss South Africa who took the crown.

Tunzi is a certified bad*ss: She grew up in the East Cape of South Africa and received a master’s degree in public relations. She has spent time working against gender-based violence.

The Miss Universe competition, which, by the way, is weirdly hosted by Steve Harvey (possibly the flirtiest of show-hosts) led to a beautiful message from Tunzi:

“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…I think it is time that that stops. I want children to look at me and see my face, and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”

Tunzi also went on to say that she looked up to supermodel Naomi Campbell, who came onto the scene during a time when most other models were white and blonde.

But Tunzi’s win isn’t simply a “diversity win,” which some detractors are crying (funny that when a black woman wins something it gets reduced to race, rather than victory).

Tunzi worked hard for this win and brings true power and inspiration to her victory. She also had words to say about the state of the world and how women are treated:

People reacted with major support for Tunzi.

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