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South African Beauty Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe 2019

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South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi, 26, has been crowned Miss Universe 2019.

In the biggest beauty contest held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on Sunday, Tunzi emerged victorious from among more than 90 competitors.

Last year's winner Catriona Gray, from the Philippines, presented Tunzi with the crown.

Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was named the first runner-up, and Mexico's Ashley Alvidrez the second runner-up.

This was the second time in three years that a South African declared as Miss Universe.

Tunzi was declared the winner at a televised event, hosted by American comic-turned-TV personality Steve Harvey.

A bold statement Tunzi made in reply to a final question she was asked proved crucial on her way to the crown.

When asked what we should be teaching young girls today, Tunzi said, "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." she added.

"I think we are the most powerful beings on 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," according to her.

"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," Tunzi later wrote on Instagram.

The 1.78 meter tall woman from Tsolo, Eastern Cape, is a graduate in public relations and image management.

Congratulating Zozibini Tunzi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said, "I too hope children the world over will see their faces reflected in yours & be inspired to believe in the power of their dreams". "May young women continue to take up space & leave an indelible mark on society, just as you have," he tweeted.

With this, 2019 marks a year dominated by black women in major beauty pageants - Miss America, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, and Miss Universe are all black women.

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