South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi took her final walk as Miss Universe, saying: “My Miss Universe win is my ancestors’ wildest dream.
Zozi has become the longest-reigning Miss Universe, breaking the previous record held by Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes, who held the title for 464 days.
She took her final walk as Miss Universe, and crowned Mexico’s Andrea Meza as the winner of the 69th edition of Miss Universe on Sunday.
Despite keeping fingers crossed for a back-to-back win, South Africa’s candidate, Natasha Joubert, did not place in the top 21.
The 23-year-old flew the South African flag high at the pageant leading up the finale, wowing the crowds at the national costume and preliminary competition last week.
As Zozibini walked across the Miss Universe stage, a pre-recorded message from the 27-year-old PR graduate played through the speakers at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.