How many years have you seen major beauty pageants such as Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe all being won by black women?
ZozibiniTunzi of South Africa was crowned the winner of the 2019 Miss Universe pageant on Sunday evening, newly-crowned Tunzi, 26, joins Miss America Nia Franklin, Miss USA CheslieKryst, and Miss Teen USA KalieghGarris constitute the history-making foursome which thrusts forward a new era in black beauty.
Tunzi made an emotional statement on her victory – ‘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. ‘I think it is time 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.’
She further said- ‘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. I am #MissUniverse2019.’
Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and tons of other major personalities took this opportunity to congratulate the winners and further the point of how this usher in the new era.
‘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,’ Oprah wrote.
The taking up space in society paradigm has been resonated strongly through this victory and serves as yet another significant milestone for women empowerment as well as black empowerment, thereby giving the struggles that everybody has gone through a fitting crown.
The four women have been termed ‘black queens’ for all getting crowned together in the same year, a trend that hopefully will continue in the years to come.