Miss Universe 2019, the 68th Miss Universe pageant, was held on December 8, 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States. Catriona Gray of the Philippines crowned her successor Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa by the end of the event. This is South Africa’s third win after their recent victory in 2017, and the first black woman since Leila Lopes was crowned in 2011.
Contestants from 90 countries and territories participated in this year’s pageant. The pageant was hosted by Steve Harvey in his fifth consecutive year, with Olivia Culpo and Vanessa Lachey as backstage corespondents, and with a performance by Ally Brooke.
I had a moment to speak with the newly crowed Miss Universe in the press room. After her historic win, it marked the first time that Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, Miss America and Miss Universe are all black women. Here’s what Zozobini had to say about that.
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