- Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned as Miss Universe and her smile is as beautiful as her heart
- Zozi - as she's affectionately called - has gone from being Miss SA to Miss Universe, and her journey is inspiring
- We take a look at the pearls of wisdom the beauty queen has been sharing with all who'd listen
Since she took the first steps to represent South Africa at the Miss Universe competition, Mzansi has been behind Zozibini Tunzi.
Her fresh and natural approach to the beauty pageant was inspiring to witness and she's shared a powerful message: all women are powerful and beautiful beings.
Zozi won the Miss Universe title, outclassing 90 other contestants and making her country proud. If ever there was a South African beauty queen that all SA citizens can look up to, it's Zozibini Tunzi.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the Eastern Cape beauty's first message to South Africa was a grateful and humble one.
"Ah, I'm so ecstatic. I think everyone is still waking up by the way. They are going to wake up to a storm of news.
"I don't think I have ever had as much support as I did coming into the Miss South Africa crown and so I think this will be something extra and very special for everyone back at home."
Love for her supporters radiated from Zozi:
"So I want to tell them that I love them so much and thank [them] for all the support that they have shown me for the past four months. And we're here to do this for another 12 more months, and it's going to be absolutely amazing."
Zozi's empowering quotes
A defining moment for the young woman and those who witnessed it was when she answered Steve Harvey's question.
The Miss Universe host asked Zozi what young girls need to be taught, and here's what she 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 for a very long time, not because we don't want to [take leadership], but because of how 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 and cementing yourself."
Changing perceptions about beauty
"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. And I think that it's time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face, and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine."
Future leaders and the environment
"Future leaders could do a little bit more, but we as individuals can also play a part in making the climate the way it should be in the future. We have children protesting about the climate and, as adults, we should join as well. We should have corporations join and the government should take it seriously. It is up to us to keep our planet safe."
That special black girl magic
"I like to self-affirm every single morning, I look at myself in the mirror and say, 'You're beautiful, capable and you're intelligent'. This week I've been listening to 'Brown Skin Girl' just to activate that black girl magic."
South Africa, you can be very proud of your Miss SA!
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