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Black Woman Wins Miss Universe For First Time in 8 Years

For the first time since 2011, a black woman has won Miss Universe — and Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has a powerful message about leadership for young girls.

Rare beauties making Miss Universe history

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa, was crowned the 68th Miss Universe, the first contestant to embrace her kinky hair in this beauty pageant. Beyond her haircut, it was also through her speech on self-confidence and the future of young girls that this 26-year-old woman, a public relations graduate, left a lasting impression. Besides being a Miss, Zonzibini is also an activist for women's rights. After being elected Miss South Africa in 2018, she participated in the United Nations campaign "HeForShe" in her country. This global movement of which Emma Watson is the goodwill ambassador encourages men to fight alongside women for gender equality.

Miss Swe Zin Htet represents Myanmar. She came out to the press the day before the competition. The 21-year-old competitor came out in a late November interview with beauty blog Missosology. However, in Burma, homosexuality illegal and punishable by up to 10 years in prison or even the death penalty. She explained to People magazine that she came out to promote the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community in this Southeast Asian country. While Miss Myanmar is the first openly gay woman to participate in Miss Universe. The previous year, the contest welcomed its first trans woman in the history of Miss Universe: Angela Ponce who represented of Spain.

Ms. Ponce, who is from Pilas in southern Spain, is not only the first transgender woman to compete in Miss Universe, she was also the first transgender woman to win her country’s Miss Spain title. Growing up in Spain, Ponce dreamed of competing in pageants, but she never imagined she would actually make it this far. The Latino Commission on AIDS honored Miss Spain in 2019 and was awarded with the 2019 Ilka Award at its annual Cielo Gala on June 7, 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street.

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12/09/2019 11:32 PM
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  • Christine C.
    02/06/2020 03:04

    ❤️

  • Ana H.
    01/29/2020 07:20

    YOU'RE RIGHT YOU'RE NOT COMPLETELY BEAUTIFUL, IN REAL TALK, OF COURSE YOUR OFFSPRING WILL BE THE SAME SOMEDAY .

  • Macky M.
    01/24/2020 02:01

    beauty is relative & everyone has d right to express his feelings. others dont like her...others thinks she isnt beautiful at all. it is there business... Good or bad are the same ideas. Stop crucifying people who arent big fan of her.

  • Vivi S.
    01/20/2020 09:31

    She deserved..she beautiful n smart , she natural beauty not fake surgery ! She have great performances well done 👍👍❤

  • Annie H.
    01/15/2020 08:45

    You so beautiful

  • Thein T.
    01/08/2020 11:32

    And who is a lesbian contestant?

  • Ramya R.
    01/05/2020 15:22

    I want u to see this video, i loved the answer from our miss universe 2019.

  • Xmeyx X.
    01/05/2020 12:09

    She deserves it!

  • Esther D.
    01/04/2020 23:44

    She really is amazing!!!! Beauty with BRAIN💚💜❤

  • Mini J.
    01/04/2020 17:06

    You’re so beautiful and smart! Congratulations Ms. South Africa! So happy n lots of love from india❤

  • Remedios V.
    01/01/2020 12:53

    Beautiful she's different natural beauty really beautiful.

  • Shanquan B.
    12/30/2019 12:16

    ❤❤❤😍😍

  • Rajpal S.
    12/29/2019 09:12

    Black Beauty

  • Bong N.
    12/29/2019 05:59

    I love those smiles and teeth .. gorgeous .

  • Bong N.
    12/29/2019 05:57

    You are beautiful and intelligent ,

  • Abdul Z.
    12/28/2019 13:06

    You look like a man

  • Sarah C.
    12/26/2019 22:52

    So intelligent

  • Alka S.
    12/26/2019 05:49

    perfect message

  • Miranda H.
    12/25/2019 14:27

    🖤

  • Glen P.
    12/24/2019 01:31

    So beautiful congrats