I greet you in the wonderful name of Zozibini Tunzi, your new Miss Universe

While you were sleeping, South Africa went and won Miss Universe, just casually!

Zozibini Tunzi wins Miss South Africa

I mean, we knew she could do it, but our fave, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, has been crowned as the 68th Miss Universe.

The pageant took place last night at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It was hosted by Steve Harvey and Vanessa Lachey and included a performance by Ally Brooke from Fifth Harmony.

During the question round, Zozi was asked what lessons we should we teaching young girls, to which she responded, ‘I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It is something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a long time. Not because we don’t want to but because of what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity. That is what we should be teaching these young girls. To take up space. Nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself.’

‘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, and I think it is time that 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.’

Zozi succeeds the Philippines’ Catriona Gray as Miss Universe. She is the third Miss South Africa to take the crown, after Margaret Gardiner in 1978 and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.

Watch the emotional moment when Zozi is crowned, and please cry with me:

Of course, Twitter was ecstatic this morning (tbh we’ve been on a high since the Springboks won the World Cup, but still):

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