Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi’s win at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant has been declared a victory for women all over the world
The 26-year-old inspired girls and women to embrace their authentic selves regardless of what people think.
“Thank you Zozi for reaffirming what we women have always know we [are] beautiful just the way we are and we never gonna allow anyone to dim our light ever again,” one woman wrote on Twitter.
Zozibini dropped several pearls of wisdom during Sunday’s ceremony.
Here’s a look at her most inspiring quotes on the night…
The quote that won her the crown
Zozibini remained poised and confident throughout the pageant and it came as no surprise when she made it to the top three. She sealed the deal with her answer in the final question-and-answer round. Host Steve Harvey asked her what is the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today.
Zozi replied: “I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time. Not because we don’t want to but because of what society has labelled women to be.
“I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity. And that is what we should be teaching these young girls, to take up space. Nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself. Thank you.”
This answer right here just got Zozi the Miss Universe 2019 crown
Exactly 5am Central African Time#Babygirl#ZozibiniTunzi #MissUniverse2019 #misssouthafrica2019 #Naturalhair 😍👌🏾👏🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/tskixmvlrz
— Miss Universe 2019 (@MissUniverseus) December 9, 2019
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey was one of many people impressed with Zozi’s final answer.
“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,” Oprah wrote on Twitter.
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
Activating that black girl magic
Zozibini revealed during the ceremony that she starts each day with self-affirmations and an inspiring song. What song did she sing ahead of the Miss Universe pageant? Beyoncé’s Brown Skin Girl.
“I like to self-affirm every morning. I look at myself in the mirror and I say, ‘You’re beautiful, you’re capable and you’re intelligent’. So this week I was listening to Brown Skin Girl just to activate that black girl magic,” she said.
A mais nova Miss Universo, Zozibini Tunzi, que representou a África do Sul no concurso, disse que escutou “Brown Skin Girl” de Beyoncé, durante a semana inteira para emponderar sua negritude feminina. ✊🏾🖤 #MissUniverse2019pic.twitter.com/NrmLdeSRVZ
— Beyoncé Access (@beyonceaccess) December 9, 2019