“I think you can tell from my face the overwhelming emotion that came over me as I walked on that stage a final time as a reigning Miss Universe. I am reminded every day that my journey wasn’t just mine alone. With that said I want to thank you all. Thank you for welcoming me into your hearts and walking side by side with me on this very important chapter of my life,” says Zozibini Tunzi.
Zozibini Tunzi also took time to congratulate the incoming Miss Universe Andrea Meza of Mexico.
“Congratulations to @andreamezamx and Mexico! I wish you all the best of luck in your reign. I hope you make the best of it,” says Zozibini Tunzi.
She is the longest-reigning Miss Universe ever. Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe in December 2019, and her victory made her the third South African woman to win the title.
According to reports, before Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2012 Leila Lopes from Angola held the longest reign, holding the title for 464 days from September 2011 to December 2012.
“Once again… May every child who witnessed this moment believe in the absolute power of their dreams. Mandibambe Ngazo Zozibini ❤🇿🇦,” says Zozibini Tunzi.
According to TimesLive, in 2020, the pageant was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Tunzi pleaded with the world to not stop taking up spaces, saying: “We don’t stop taking up spaces just because we are socially distancing.”
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This year’s pageant was held in Florida, US, on May 16.