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.
Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it.— Zozibini Tunzi (@zozitunzi) December 9, 2019
May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine.
I am #MissUniverse2019. pic.twitter.com/gMkjmVCabo
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.
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
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:
“I think it is time to stop asking women what to do and start asking perpetrators to do better, to be better, to start treating women the way that they deserve to be treated.”— K Manuel (@theklmanuel) December 9, 2019
Ladies and gentlemen, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa🇿🇦, our Miss Universe 2019. pic.twitter.com/qb0A2Iw7s0
People reacted with major support for Tunzi.
My sister, this is beyond power. It’s a empowering message to every black girl child in the Diaspora that ‘You are enough, you are beautiful and you don’t need to measure yourself with a Eurocentric yardstick of beauty. And You don’t have to be ratchet to command your space’✊🏽✊🏽— Troy Rogers (@TroyRog61375714) December 9, 2019
This video of Zozibini Tunzi at Miss South Africa 2019 Q&A speaking abt how we don’t have any reason to smile in the face of gender-based violence & how we should hold abusers accountable instead of always asking women what to do just SCREAMS BIG DICK ENERGY✨#MissUniverse2019 pic.twitter.com/ler4MGJhbD— Gelica 🥀 (@gelicasroses) December 9, 2019
I can’t seem to shut up about this. I mean, can u imagine in 30 secs she managed to talk about:— Gelica 🥀 (@gelicasroses) December 9, 2019
-Violence against women
-Lack of proactive response to said violence and;
-Victim blaming (shift of responsibility from victim to perpatrator)
ANG POWER, SIS!!!
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