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Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe

South Africans celebrate Zozibini Tunzi's victory.

Today, Zozibini Tunzi got crowned Miss Universe at the 68th instalment of the global beauty pageant. The event took place at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta Georgia on the 8th of December.

Catriona Gray from The Philippines crowned her successor Zozibini Tunzi at the end of the event which was hosted by Steve Harvey as has been the case in the last five years.


Tunzi made the shortlist of 20 semi-finalists after South Africans went out in their numbers to vote for her online in the last few weeks.

Tunzi has impressed not only because of her physical appearance, but her answers to the questions the contestants were asked during the event impressed many people and the judges. For instance, when asked, "What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?" her answer was, "Leadership."

The 26-year-old from Tsolo in the Eastern Cape was crowned Miss South Africa 2019 in August and has been a big newsmaker, if not for her humanitarian work and the strides she's taken in her career, it's discussions around what her success means for how we view beauty.

A reasonable number of people on social media criticized Tunzi's appearance after her crowning, with some saying, "She looks like a boy." She responded in an Instagram post in September stating: "Society has previously been programmed in such a way that there's nothing beautiful about being black. The furthest you are from being fair skinned the uglier you are. That unfortunately has been the universal standard of beauty and it is very difficult for some people to unlearn it."

She added that she was hoping her participation in the Miss Universe pageant would "shatter whatever misconception and stereotypes people have of beauty."

Meanwhile social media has been abuzz with praises and congratulatory messages since the crowning of Tunzi as Miss Universe. Ordinary South Africans and the country's celebrities such as Bonang Matheba and Trevor Noah have expressed their elation for the victory which is as much for Tunzi as it is for the whole country and continent.

Tunzi is the third South African to win the title of Miss Universe, and the first black woman since Angola's Leila Lopes, who was crowned Miss Universe in 2011. Former Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe in 2017. Margaret Gardiner was the first South African to be crowned Miss Universe in 1978.







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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH MoΓ«t Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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