2019 has been a year of trailblazing accomplishments for South Africa as South Africa's very own Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe on Sunday, 8th December 2019. The natural beauty from Eastern Cape has been praised for not shying away from her natural African look, especially during a time when nost young black women are being swayed to adapt a more westernised form of beauty by not embracing the beauty of their own natural ethnic look by mainstream media - the tide has surely changed.

"I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair, was never considered to be beautiful,” she said during her closing statement. “I think that it is time that that stops today,” she continued as she received thunderous applause from the crowd.

She is also a believer in education, as her father is an educator himself, and has supported her dreams as she won Miss SA while studying BTech in PR.

It was a night of glitz and glamour as the event was held at the prestigious and groundbreaking Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, which was a former prison in the time of American oppression and segregation, which is now the first studio of it's kind to be fully owned and run by a black person, Tyler Perry AKA Madea. Hosted by Steve Harvey, who is legendary for his awkward jokes, dry humour and most famously making false announcements, he did not cease to disappoint, with his cartel jokes landing on unamused ears.

The event was nothing short of history in the making. Miss Myanmar, Swe Zin Htet made waves the previous week when she came out as the competition’s first openly gay contestant. Like several countries around the world, including most in Africa, homosexuality is a large scale crime in Southeast Asia, which is punishable by life imprisonment. “I have that platform that, if I say that I’m a lesbian, it will have a big impact on the LGBTQ community back in Burma,” she told American media outlet People magazine told People magazine courageously.

Social media went into a frenzy as South Africans and several people around the world have poured in their congratulations. Pride and joy swept across the country and Africa united.

Written by Tevin NKS
Edited by Tevin NKS