The 26-year-old black woman beat misses Puerto Rico(First runner-up) and Mexico (second runner-up) to the title, in a contest hosted by presenter Steve Harvey, where a panel of seven women judged the candidates.
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“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 South Africa was warmly applauded after her last speech, a novelty in the competition, where she rightly declared that she wanted to do everything to encourage young girls to gain confidence in themselves.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B512-ToD3qK/?utm_source=ig_embedThe young woman also said that girls nowadays should learn “leadership”. “It’s something girls and women have missed for a very long time, not because we did not want it, but because society decided we were not made for it. ”
The short-haired young woman beat more than 90 other candidates to win the 68th Miss Universe title, and succeed Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines and Miss Universe 2018. One of the favorites before the contest, Gazani Ganados aka Miss Philippines 2019, does did not qualify among the 10 finalists. The French Maëva Coucke did it, but did not reach the “top 5”.