For the first time in history, all of the major beauty pageant titles are held by black women. For the first time ever, young black and brown girls can see themselves represented in a space that had previously excluded them.
The women winning these pageants are being praised for embracing features that have not always been considered ‘beautiful’. During her final statement at Miss Universe 2019, South Africa’s very own Zozibini Tunzi said:
“I grew up in a world where someone who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair, was never considered to be beautiful. I think it’s time that it stops.”