Zozibini Tunzi was just crowned as Miss Universe this December 2019. And we are so here for it!

Making Pageant History

Currently, 5 Black women hold the top pageant titles, which is an extremely important and significant historical first!

These amazing women are redefining beauty standards and fighting female objectification.

Miss Universe winner Zozibini Tunzi is using her powerful platform to shatter beauty stereotypes, spread awareness about gender inequality, and stop gender-based violence.

Tunzi encourages all women to speak up and be leaders in this world. She is empowering women of all ages across the globe to stand firm and never let society silence them.

“We’re recognizing women that haven’t been recognized before in the past. And I love that it’s not even just about a beauty thing,” she states in her BUILD Series interview, “It’s about 4 brilliant and intelligent women.” (By this she means herself, Miss America Nia Franklin, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris.)

Additionally, Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica just got crowned Miss World after these previous four amazing women. Hitting a historical world record across the board. Pageants, which historically didn’t allow non-white contestants are moving forward in time. They’re recognizing the beauty of diversity and in doing so spread it across the world.

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My Jamaica, sweet Jamaica🇯🇲we did it! Wah we seh? LIKKLE BUT WE TALLAWAH. My heart is filled with love and gratitude. Thank you so much for believing in me. You pushed me to believe in myself. I am not only honored but humbled to be the 69th Miss World. Thank you to my family and to my friends. The love and support you poured into me now allows me to pour into the world. My mother @jahrinebailey, I love you I love you I love you. I wish to become even half the woman you are. You are my strength, my number one supporter/cheerleader/fan and my absolute best friend. _____________________________________________________________ To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. It’s for you to truly understand that no matter where you’re from and the cards you’re dealt in life – your dreams are valid. You have a PURPOSE. _____________________________________________________________ To the @missjamaicaworld franchise, thank you for taking a chance on me and leading the way. I wouldn’t have accomplished my dream without your efforts. To @hon.oliviagrange, you held my hand and lifted my head up high. I could not have reached this far without you. To the @missworld franchise – I am willing and ready to do the work; to officially be the face that represents the core of Miss World – Beauty with a Purpose. _____________________________________________________________ And last but of course not least, thank you GOD. Thank you for allowing me to walk the path towards my purpose. My heart is full🇯🇲💛💚🖤 One Love.

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Since 1970, pageants are becoming more and more inclusive. There is still a lot that needs to happen. But these winners show that real beauty is finally being recognized!

Together, these phenomenal women are a fantastic example of how the world (and the United States) are becoming more inclusive, more diverse, and saying goodbye to hatefulness.

Changing the World

“Whatever it is that I do, I want to make sure it’s purposeful work,” Tunzi tells SABC News, “because there’s nothing more important to me than making sure that I’m doing purposeful work that actually touches people’s lives.”

Tunzi’s platform and message are extremely touching and empowering for all women.

In her BUILD Series interview, she recounts her experience of growing up and feeling like she wasn’t the standard of beauty. Now she is an inspiration, showing that there are many ways to be beautiful and societal norms don’t get to decide that.

“I spoke about breaking beauty boundaries, gender-based violence and gender inequality,” Tunzi shares, “and it’s not only a South African issue, it’s a global issue. It’s a societal issue. And being on a Miss Universe platform will make me amplify it more.”

When discussing her empowerment of females, Tunzi notes the work that women in her country did for women’s rights in 1956:

“I am a product of so many women that came before. They left this baton for me to pick up.”

Eliminating Gender Inequality

Tunzi takes responsibility and leadership in moving females towards self-confidence, entrepreneurship, and staying true to themselves. She dishes how growing up, she felt like the boys in her class had a lot of confidence. And she wanted to have that confidence. So she spoke up like them and never stopped.

“One of the things that I have found out,” she shares with BUILD Series, “was that we have about 108 years before men and women can be equal if we continue at the rate that we’re continuing at.”

Tunzi wants to use her platform to shorten that time. She notes that true equality between men and women is unlikely to appear during any of our lifetimes. But she wants to fight that prediction. She wants equality to come in half that time, or even in the next decade.

With all the progress that we have seen in the pageant world in the last few decades, hopefully, Tunzi can succeed in her mission for equality.

“We are moving towards a society and a world that’s not racially divided anymore, which, you know, it still is. There’s still a lot of discrimination, racism, a lot of colorism, a lot of racial divide.

Zozibini Tunzi is using he platform to empower all women and we’re moving towards a better world where one day, all women will be empowered. If you’re interested in reading about another phenomenal woman, check out this article on Malawi’s Female Chief Ends 1500 Child Marriages.