Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi: Why This Strong Black Woman Is Sure to Make an Impact on Young Girls by Dawn Taylor

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi: Why This Strong Black Woman Is Sure to Make an Impact on Young Girls

I happened on the Miss Universe pageant right as they were introducing the top 20. Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, was the first one to be named, and I was immediately struck by the way she carried herself. Tall and regal looking, with an air of confidence, it was somehow clear to me she was a strong woman – the kind who would be a role model to young women. I told my daughters she was my pick to win before she even spoke a word.

When she did finally speak, her passion for education being accessible for young girls everywhere and her own struggle to go to school as a black woman in a poor family in South Africa confirmed my intuition about her strength of character. As the pageant went on she also talked about the importance of women being encouraged to be leaders in the world, and this cemented my belief that she could be the best possible contestant to wear the crown and stand up for young women, not only of color, but young girls and women raised in poverty and disadvantage.

Apparently I was not the only one who was drawn in by this amazing woman. Twitter was ablaze with adulation, not only for Zozibini Tunzi becoming Miss Universe, but in discussing the fact that in 2019 black women have cleaned up in the pageant world.

Miss South Africa was obviously beautiful and committed to her platform of raising young women up to be strong and have limitless opportunity in the world. However, as a white woman, it didn’t occur to me the significance of her representing women of color.

After winning the crown, she posted this on her Twitter page:

Having so much representation is important and seeing the response on Twitter, it is clear that many people saw themselves in Zozibini Tunzi and the other pageant winners this year.

Miss South Africa certainly had an impact on me during the pageant with her commitment and passion to her platform, but the impact she will have on young black women is likely immeasurable.

Photo: Glamour (Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst and Miss America Nia Franklin)

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This is simply AMAZING and wonderful! What a remarkable achievement. And, so well deserved. Thank you for sharing this incredible moment and these inspiring women, Dawn Taylor !
Dawn Taylor
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds she blew me away, in fact a lot of the women did. That's why I like Miss Universe because the women are there not just for their physical beauty but also for their passion for issues and they want a platform for them. Great for women to have that :)
Dawn Taylor
Great year in the pageant world! :)

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