Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019 after beating out eighty-nine women to the coveted title.
The event was held at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday.
The 26-year-old hails from South Africa and her Miss Universe biography describes her as a “passionate activist” who is “engaged in the fight against gender-based violence.”
“She has devoted her social media campaign to change the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is a proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are,” the bio says. This year’s crown is called the “Power of Unity,” according to a video from Mouawad Jewelry.
According to Rappler, the crown is made with 18-karat gold and 1,770 diamonds, including a golden centrepiece stone weighing 62.83 carats.
The floral design of the crown is meant to represent unity among women from all seven continents, while the crown as a whole was inspired by “nature, strength, beauty, femininity, and unity,” according to Mouawad’s video.