This past Sunday, Zozubini Tunzi of South Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2019. The world shook with many emotions following her win. Since there hasn’t been a black Miss Universe since 2011, having Tunzi win was major for all the little girls in the world who aspire to walk her footsteps.
Throughout the competition, Tunzi stated the importance of leadership and how it’s important for young girls to see their faces reflected in hers. Everything about Tunzi’s attire represented her culture and the way she wants to be perceived. She wore her hair in its natural state because “it was a symbol of her firm belief in fair representation.”
Here are 3 reasons why we are celebrating seeing black women in beauty pageants with natural hair:
Representation is everything
Zozubin’s win has shown every young black girl and woman in this world that they can truly be anything their heart desires. She represents women who may have felt like they are not good enough because of the texture of their hair or color of their skin.
Tunzi stood tall and owned her beauty.
Natural hair isn’t a trend, it’s a lifestyle
Natural hair is here to stay because it’s the way many people wear their hair 24/7.
It is more than just a style. It’s important for other young black girls to see a black woman with 4C natural hair winning Miss Universe and actually talk about the importance of natural hair. This is another reminder to the world that beauty is not just one look.
All hair is beautiful hair.
Taking pride in who you are and where you come from has power
When you take pride in your culture, no one can tell you who you are. Tunzi talked about her hair and where she came from with pride.
Your culture is a part of who you are and you should embrace it every chance you get.
Thank you Miss Universe 2019 for setting the tone for all of the black girls and women in this world. We are all so proud of you!