Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has claimed the Miss Universe crown ahead of Miss Puerto Rico. Zozibini wowed the judges with her natural stage presence and winning smile as well as her proudly South African fashions. The first contestant to progress to the top twenty, Zozibini did not falter once and made South Africa so very proud at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Zozibini’s evening gown was worth the price of admission and as soon as she walked out on that stage she was the favourite to snatch the crown.
Ninety women from across the far corners of the known universe assembled on Sunday for the crowning of a new intergalactic queen. All hail. Held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Ga., the 68th annual Miss Universe competition was once again hosted by mustache icon Steve Harvey, with Olivia Culpo (Paradise City) and Vanessa Lachey (BH90210) serving as backstage correspondents throughout the night.
The initial 90 contestants were narrowed down to 20 semifinalists during a closed-door competition prior to Sunday’s three-hour live TV event. And following a series of traditional pageant-style events — including the ever-popular swimsuit and evening gown rounds — this year’s Top 10 was revealed: Colombia, France, Iceland, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.