How Miss Universe is empowering women

Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019, tells Brut how she's taking a stand against gender-based violence globally.

Breaking stereotypes in front of 190 countries worldwide to an audience of over 500 million people

Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, wants to challenge beauty standards. The 26-year-old made history as 1 of 5 black women concurrently crowned in top beauty pageants. While her historic crowning as Miss Universe 2019 was widely hailed on social media, Tunzi also faced some backlash. Born in South Africa, Tunzi has been actively using her platform to talk about gender-based violence.

Presented for such a long time with a certain type of beauty

"I'm a person who believes that women have more choice to look and be whoever they want to be.Growing up in an African home, we're not taught to really, you know, speak up a lot. I'm not sure how it is globally, but I'm sure a lot of women and young girls relate to being told that, you know, a lady should be seen and not heard, which I think is, you know, absolutely not true. I want to use words that I can't really to describe that, but speak up more, use your voice. You have a voice and your voice might change the world. Your voice might change yourself and by changing yourself, you might be inspiring other people to change themselves for the better as well, so my advice to them would be to use their voices and, you know, of course, take up space. We should teach people, you know, acceptance and embracing ourselves 100% for who we are", Zozibini Tunzi tells Brut.

Women are getting murdered every day by their partners

Femicide in South Africa is 5 times higher than the global average according to the World Health Organization. A woman is murdered every 3 hours in the country as reported by the South African Police Service. Over the next year, she hopes to deliver an empowering message to women and girls around the world.