South African beauty Zozibini Tunzi is the new Miss Universe.

Tunzi warded-off stiff competition to pip the field and crown herself with universal glory. The Miss Universe-2019 tiara was given away by Miss Universe-2018 Catriona Gray to mark the completion of this year’s glittering beauty pageant at Atlanta on Sunday.

Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was the first runner-up while Miss Universe Mexico Ashley Alvidrez was the second runner-up. Vartika Singh finished at the 15th spot.

Zozibini Tunzi, the 26-year-old from Tsolo has been in the forefront of crusades against gender-based violence. She has been describes as, “She has devoted her social media campaign to changing the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is a proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are.”

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The clincher came when she was asked “What is the most important thing you should be teaching young girls today?” and Ms Tunzi spontaneously responded with “Leadership”.

Oprah Winfrey tweeted to congratulate her on her crowning glory with “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 (sic).”

Bhavana Sharma

Bhavana Sharma covers entertainment and cinema for Newsmeter.
Having over seven years of experience across various platforms, Bhavana has worked for publications, Telangana Today, Andhra Jyothy, channels like V6 News and online enterprises like International Business Times, Zee News, Tamada Media, IQlik Movies and so on. Her forte has been reporting on Telugu cinema, with several exclusives on developments in the Telugu film industry to her credit. Her one on one chats with several established stars, upcoming actors, directors and others in cinema have been published across print and online platforms. Alumni of Arts College, Osmania University.

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