Zozibini Tunzi became the third South African to wear the crown of Miss Universe. 26-year-old Zozibini beat more than 90 contestants in the 68th instalment of Miss Universe held at the Tyler Perry’s Atlanta Studios. Tunzi won the hearts of the jury and the audiences around the world with her inspirational speech, in which she emphasised the empowerment of women.
“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,” she said.
Let’s see what prizes were given to the new Miss Universe:
- A year-long salary as Miss Universe;
- Luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses;
- A modelling portfolio by leading fashion photographers;
- Dermatology and skincare services;
- A professional health and nutrition consultation;
- Dental services;
- Professional representation by The Miss Universe Organization;
- Extensive travel representing sponsors and charitable partners;
- Access to various events including casting opportunities, movie premieres, screenings, Broadway shows, and launch parties;
- Personal appearance wardrobe and styling by the official Miss Universe Organization fashion stylist.