Twenty-six-year-old Zozibini Tunzi from Tsolo in the Eastern Cape is the pride of South Africa after she was crowned Miss Universe. But she is not the only African to win this prestigious crown.
Here are the five African women who have been crowned Miss Universe:
Miss Universe 1978 – Margaret Gardner (South Africa)
Margaret Gardiner won the Miss Universe crown in 1978. At the age of 18, she became the first South African woman to win the title.
Miss Universe 1999 – Mpule Kwelagobe (Botswana)
Mpule Kwelagobe was the first black African woman to win one of the Big Four international beauty pageants (Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth) and the first woman from Botswana to win.
Miss Universe 2011 – Leila Lopes (Angola)
Leila Lopes was 24 years old when she was crowned Miss Universe in São Paulo, Brazi. She is currently the 60th Miss Universe titleholder and is the first Angolan woman to win the crown.
Miss Universe 2017 – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (South Africa)
Hailing from Sedgefield in the Western Cape, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss South Africa 2017.
Nel-Peters graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship from North-West University just days before winning the Miss South Africa 2017 crown.
Miss Universe 2019 – Zozibini Tunzi (South Africa)
Zozibini Tunzi was accepted as one of the top 26 semifinalists of Miss South Africa 2017 but never made it through to the twelve finalists. She returned to to the pageant in 2019 and went on to win Miss South Africa and Miss Universe three months later.