We have a new Miss Universe! Out of 90 girls representing 90 countries, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa has succeeded our very own Catriona Gray to become Miss Universe 2019.
Her official bio for Miss Universe states that she’s “a passionate activist and engaged in the fight against gender-based violence. Here are more interesting facts about the standout ebony kween.
1. This isn’t her first beauty pageant. In 2015, she won Miss Memelodi Sundowns. Two years later, she competed in Miss South Africa where she placed as a semi-finalist.
2. She's the third South African contestant to become Miss Universe. The first was Margaret Gardiner in 1978, while the second was Demi-Leigh Nel Peters in 2017.
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3. She’s bilingual. Zozibini is fluent in both English and Isixhosa, one of 11 official language of South Africa.
4. Her official headshot for Miss Universe made headlines. On the Miss Universe website, Zozibini wears a green headwrap that matches her off-shoulder top. The 26-year-old is reportedly the only finalist to have covered her hair, a move lauded by fans on social media.
5. Prior to Miss Universe, Zozibini worked in PR. She completed a PR internship with Ogilvy Cape Town and is a proud alumni of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in public relations management.
6. She loves pilates. Last November, posted this picture of herself working out at a pilates studio. "This is truly my favorite way to start my day, stretching, breathing slowly while learning about my body muscles. I encourage everyone to try pilates at least once," she captioned.
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Photographs taken from Zozibini Tunzi's Official Instagram account; Pageant photos by Patrick Prather