Zozibini Tunzi, is the 26-year-old South African girl who has been crowned Miss Universe 2019, in the contest that took place at the Tyler Perry Studio in Atlanta, Georgia. She has become the fourth black woman to win the title in these 70 years of history. His predecessors were Janelle Commissiong in 1977, of Trinidad and Tobago; Wendy Fitzwilliam in 1998, also from Trinidad and Tobago and Angola, Leila Lopes in 2011.

In addition to breaking again with the established standard of beauty, Tunzi has given us a true vision of the future, by answering the question “what is the most important thing to teach young women? She without hesitation, blunt, forceful and self-confident replied: LEADERSHIP. He also added “(…) one must teach to have a place. Nothing is more important than having a place in society (…) ”

These inspiring words produced the closed ovation of the entire audience. And that they not only impressed the judges of the contest, but also the very same, Oprah Winfrey, who expressed her absolute agreement with the speech of the South African representative through a tweet and also invited her to participate in the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy.

Zozibini Tunzi is the result of the first generation of South Africans under a democratic and post-apartheid government. Proof of this was her allegation of racial equality and female empowerment that recalled the inaugural speech given by Nelson Mandela in 1994, full of courage, leadership and overcoming. A message that Tunzi herself puts into practice as an activist against gender violence and actively participating as a member of the United Nations HeforShe platform, which invites all people regardless of their gender to join with women to create a world with gender equality.

More and more voices are crying out for a social change aimed at empowering women and real gender equality. We are witnessing a booming global reality in all sectors, and the world of beauty could not be less. Zozibini Tunzi is the example that beauty, intelligence and commitment should not be in contrast, but that they walk hand in hand towards a promising future.