Miss South Africa defies beauty standards to win Miss Universe 2019

Brenda Watkins
December 12, 2019

Malaysian beauty queen Shweta Sekhon finally aired her side following the controversial mix-up in naming the best in national costume victor in the Miss Universe 2019 pageant.

This year's Miss Universe pageant has included the first openly gay contestant in the competition's 67-year history.

Although her exact prizes are not revealed by Miss Universe, Zozibini is expected to have won a year's stay rent-free in an apartment in NY - and a salary worth around $100,000 (Sh10,171,038).

"We're getting this unbelievable platform to voice the things we're passionate about, the things we care about", she said in a video. "I really love this national costume of Malaysia". "That is why I got into the costume, too".

A short moment after that, Miss Universe also tweeted out a congratulatory message, making it official that Malaysia had won.

But for some reason, it was Sekhon who ended up beside Harvey to receive the award.

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The contestant, Shweta Sekhon, looked very confused and grabbed the microphone from Steve and informed him that it she was wearing the national costume of Malaysia. Although Htet has been receiving mixed reactions to her coming out, those involved in the Miss Universe pageant, as well as her fellow competitors, have been wholeheartedly supportive. "Mr. Harvey made a joke of it, but no mistakes regarding the national costume victor were made by him, the prompter or production". The win would've been a historical one for Malaysia as it would be the first time the country has won the National Costume category in the 68 years of the pageant.

"I am totally fine with it because in my eyes, every girl that came to compete is a victor", said Shweta. "Philippines or Malaysia, there isn't any difference because we are one", she added.

South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019, giving the country its second title in three years in a pageant that also saw strong showings from contestants from Puerto Rico and Mexico.

"Congratulations [Zozibini Tunzi] for the title, too! I can read! They are trying to fix it now, but this is what they did to me back in 2015".

"Thank you so much!"

"I screamed like she was my child".

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