Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa just won Miss Universe 2019! But before she was given the crown, Zozibini and the rest of the Top 3 finalists, Puerto Rico and Mexico, had to answer the same question during the Final Word portion of the competition: "What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?"
Here are their answers below:
1. South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi (Miss Universe 2019)
Answer: "I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It's something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time, not because we don't want to but because of what society has labeled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings [in] the world, and that we should be given every opportunity. And that is what we should be teaching these young girls: to take up space. Nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself."
2. Puerto Rico, Madison Anderson (First Runner-Up)
Answer: "There's so many things that I would love to teach young girls if I have the opportunity to be your next Miss Universe, such as: In a world where so many people wear a mask, it's such a beautiful thing to see an authentic soul. So to embrace your uniqueness to embrace who you are because you just don't know who you can inspire just by being you. So celebrate that. Thank you."
3. Mexico, Sofia Aragon (Second Runner-Up)
Answer: "It's very important to teach young girls today the importance of their true value. We see so many perfection in social media, perfect lives, perfect bodies, perfect faces, perfect relationships. Nothing is that real. We have to teach them that who they are is already amazing, who they are is already worth it. Because what they really are is not what it looks like, [it's] what they feel what they act, and the way they react to the world. I believe a girl is worth for what she has to offer to the world, way more than the way she looks."
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