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It’s official, Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019, making her the third Miss South Africa to earn the title.
The 26-year-old Tunzi was crowned at the Tyler Perry Studios in the United States early Monday morning, where she became the 68th Miss Universe.
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 9, 2019
Following the announcement, proudly South African fans took to Twitter to express their excitement and offer their congratulations.
— ling ling (@lily_mkivaa) December 9, 2019
— Pandora213 (@Pandora_213) December 9, 2019
— ntsikelelocalvinntsika (@NtsikeleloCanga) December 9, 2019
— Swenkmodell. (@SMisspossa) December 9, 2019
— Nosipho Dlamini (@Nosipho14462788) December 9, 2019
— Sindi Nyembe🇿🇦 (@Sindi_Nyembe) December 9, 2019
— Top 100 Global Inspirational WIM 2018 (@NolundiL) December 9, 2019
Even Oprah took a moment to congratulate Zozibini Tunzi and praise her vision.
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 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 https://t.co/YL0NeO40QU
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 9, 2019
The moment has given South Africans yet another international win in 2019, uniting the country as it did during the Rugby World Cup back in November.
— NotYetUhuru (@NotYetUhuru1) December 9, 2019
On Monday morning, Tunzi tweeted a moving message to “every little girl”.
“Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it,” she wrote.
“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.”
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.
I am #MissUniverse2019. pic.twitter.com/gMkjmVCabo
— Zozibini Tunzi (@zozitunzi) December 9, 2019
Feature image: screenshot, Miss Universe via YouTube