Miss Universe breaks barriers and goes viral

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi went viral with her answer during the Q&A portion of the competition and made history with some fellow pageant winners.
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An exclusive interview with the new miss universe, zozibini tunzi, yes, she is breaking barriers and here for her first TV interview since winning the title. She is going viral for celebrating natural beauty and empowering future female leaders. Take a look. The new miss universe is -- South Africa. Reporter: On Sunday 26-year-old zozibini tunzi of South Africa was crowned the new miss universe. Besting 90 women hailing from six continents. I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me was my kind of skin and my kind of hair was never considered to be beautiful. And I think that it is time that that stops today. Reporter: Tunzi believes leadership is the most powerful thing we should be teaching women today supply want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine. Thank you. Reporter: Making her the second south African to hold the title in three years and the first black woman since 2011. I am joined now by the new miss universe, zozi tunzi. Yes. Thank you. So first off, I just have to say, congratulations. Thank you so much. Let me ask you how do you feel? I feel so -- everything is still sinking in. People keep calling miss universe and I keep looking away because I think I forgot that it's me but, yeah, I feel fantastic. We will never forget it's you. How about that? And in this competition you said it was important that we should be teaching our young girls today to be leaders. 4.5 million people saw that it went viral, even Oprah chimed in. Yeah. So how do you feel about Oprah chiming in. I think I fainted for a second there because I was like, is this oprah-oprah and they're like, yeah, this is the real but, yeah, I feel so strongly about it and it's something we should be taught as young girls and grow up into being women who really want to insert themselves in spaces of power and not feel shy about wanting to be powerful and a leader. Before the pageant you tweeted that you want -- you were hoping to shatter whatever misconceptions and stereotypes people have on beauty. Did you walk away from the pageant going, nailed it? Yeah, I think we accomplished that but I think I would have accomplished it either way just by being, you know, on that stage and representing women who look like me and not just women who look like me really but women who felt that they've been misrepresented before, haven't seen a different kind of beauty. You know, it could have been different body size, you know, different skin, some people have freckles that they're trying to embrace about themselves and so I was hoping to change that narrative and to say, look, women are multifaceted. We're not all the same. I mean we shouldn't be boxed into one type of beauty. You have done it. This is the first time in pageant history that all four major pageant titles are held by black women. Really amazing. Miss America, usa, miss teen usa and now you. So for how how does it feel to be a part of this moment. It feels fantastic. We come from such a racially divided world and so for us to be moving forward in unity and together and to say, look, these are women that have been celebrated in the past and now finally people are starting to see the greatness that is within us and I'm so happy to be a part of this trio because I've been following them for awhile and it was such a beautiful thing to watch. You know what, I know that you and South Africa, you almost were an anchor for a morning TV show. I almost -- yeah. That's what you wanted to do. This morning show came through and I wanted to try out something new and I was like maybe I could do it and -- Well, this is your chance to do it right now. I'm going to let you do it. Am I going to be hired? You're going to look right there into that camera and you can throw to our next segment. How about that? Yeah and now over to you, T.J. Nailed it!

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