Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa named Miss Universe 2019

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Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, is crowned onstage by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios on December 08, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Image courtesy: AFP
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Atlanta: South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe for the year 2019, beating more than 90 contestants, including Miss India, from around the globe.

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Miss Mexico Sofía Aragón, Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson and Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, of South Africa, appear onstage at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia. Image courtesy: AFP

The 26-year-old Tunzi was declared the winner at a televised event, hosted by American comic-turned-TV personality Steve Harvey, held at Tyler Perry Studios here on Sunday.

Indian contestant Vartika Singh crashed out of the world's biggest beauty pageant after securing a place in the top 20.

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Steve Harvey and Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi speak onstage at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia. Image courtesy: AFP

Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was named the first runner-up, followed by Mexican contestant Ashley Alvidrez as the second runner-up. Also part of the top 5 were Colombia and Thailand.

The announcement of the winner was made on Miss Universe's official Instagram account.

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Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, of South Africa, is crowned onstage at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia. Image courtesy: AFP

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, from the Philippines, presented Tunzi with the crown.

This is the third Miss Universe crown for South Africa, with Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters being declared the winner in 2017.

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