Several Jamaicans on social media are hailing the victory of South Africa in last night’s Miss Universe pageant, as a win for black people around the world.
South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi is the first black woman to win the title since Miss Angola Leila Lopes, in 2011.
She’s also the first woman to ever win Miss Universe while wearing afro-textured hair.
During her final message, Tunzi told the audience she wanted children to see their reflection in her.
She later wowed the judges and won the audience with her answer to the question, “What is the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today?”
Meanwhile, many have drawn comparisons between Tunzi and Miss Universe 2017 second runner up, Jamaica’s Davina Bennett, who was the first black woman with afro hair to become a finalist in the esteemed pageant.
Following Tunzi’s win, Bennett posted on her Instagram account, “I am very proud to have represented my country in 2017 as an authentic, genuine and natural black woman.
“Congratulations again to Zozibini Tunzi, who also found the courage and strength to compete as a proud black woman with natural hair.
“There are no limits to the standards of beauty in a pageant anymore.”