Every girl’s dream is to be a role model, to make an impact on the world and on younger girls and to make a name that will resound for ages to come and that’s what the new Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini Tunzi has achieved with her new status.
The 26-year-old South African beauty was amongst the almost 90 women who were at the beauty pageant which was held in Atlanta, U.S.A. and she has emerged as the victor. With Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson and Mexico’s Sofia Aragon, she stood at the last phase and emerged victoriously.
Scaling through a series of questions on topics ranging from social media to climate change and protests, along with a range of presentations and runway walks cladded in varying outfits, Zozibini has been able to show not only her beauty as reflected in her natural looks but also in her prowess and mastery of page tries as she is also the holder of the title of Miss South Africa.
Zozibini is still receiving congratulatory messages from many fans and well-wishers such as the former coloured skinned Miss Universe Leila Lopes from Angola and also from others like Oprah Winfrey who gave her a shout-out. Zozibini herself has expressed her gratitude and love with postings like the one where she wrote, “Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it. 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.”
As an activist and a fighter against gender-based violence, Zozibini sees this as a new way to use her voice, to speak up for others and be a beacon of hope to many girls and women out there. Although many are speaking against such shows naming them as archaic with reference to the 21st century, others are using the medium as a means to put women on the forefront and give them a voice and a role in society at large. Criticisms against the pageantry most especially the most recent relating to that of Miss Ukraine Veronika Didusenko, who is now on a legal fight against the organizers of the pageantry and the rules due to her disqualification is hoping that the rules will be revisited to fit into the scope of the modern woman and her realities is amongst a long list of such criticisms.
Some of the prizes awaiting the new world universal beauty will include a year’s stay rent-free in an apartment in New York, a salary worth around $100,000 (£76,000), trips all over the world in search of media and modelling opportunities amongst others along with the opportunity to interact with celebrities worldwide.