After excelling through rounds of beauty pageant activities, South African beauty queen Zozibini Tunzi has emerged Miss Universe on Sunday night at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 8, 2019.

Before Tunzi was crowned, she answered questions on social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice.

In her response, Tunzi  said:

“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,” she said in her last response. “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.”

Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico, were the two runners-up for the crown. They also responded to the best their knowledgetheir feelings about beauty.

Sofía Aragón, representing Mexico, said earlier in the competition that, “If you do not use your beauty for your life’s mission, it’s just an empty ornament,”

While Madison Anderson who represented Puerto Rico said:

“Being on the Miss Universe stage is not just a dream” Anderson said. “I believe that I found my mission. It’s a representation of dedication, resilience and perseverance. I do believe my mission is to show the world that magic happens when we refuse to give up because the universe always listens to a stubborn heart.”

“We’re getting this amazing platform to voice the things we’re passionate about, the things we care about,” she said in a video. “I always had a voice, but Miss Universe allowed me to amplify it.”

CNN