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In The Press Room With Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini Tunzi

Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini Tunzi

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.

Steve Harvey and Miss South Africa.
Steve Harvey and Miss South Africa.
Final 3.
Kim Ford and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray of the Philippines
Jubilee Mag publisher Kim Ford and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray of the Philippines.
Miss USA 2018
Miss USA 2018.
Miss Universe
Lovely in white.
Miss Universe
We love this red number!
Kim Ford and Lu Sierra, Runway Coach for Miss Universe.
Kim Ford and Lu Sierra, Runway Coach for Miss Universe.
Kim Ford and Dani Walker, Miss Montana 2018
Kim Ford and Dani Walker, Miss Montana 2018.
Kim Ford in the international press room at Miss Universe
Kim Ford in the international press room at Miss Universe.
Kim Ford and Franchesca Amiker of Atlanta's NBC affiliate.
Kim Ford and Franchesca Amiker of Atlanta’s NBC affiliate and the A-Scene.

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