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Photos show the emotional moment Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was crowned the winner of Miss Universe 2019

INSIDER logoINSIDER 12/9/2019 Amanda Krause
a woman wearing a dress: 
  The 2019 Miss
  Universe pageant was held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta,
  Georgia, on Sunday. 
  
  The contestants wore a variety of outfits during the
  competition, including a swimwear or athletic look, an evening
  gown, and a final piece for the night.
  
  Many of the contestants
  used fashion as a way
  to show off their unique styles.
  
  Miss France, for example, channeled the 1920s in a tiered
  gown, while Miss Colombia opted for a dress with daring cutouts.
  
  
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    Insider's homepage for more stories.
  
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  • The 2019 Miss Universe pageant was held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday.
  • The contestants wore a variety of outfits during the competition, including a swimwear or athletic look, an evening gown, and a final piece for the night.
  • Many of the contestants used fashion as a way to show off their unique styles.
  • Miss France, for example, channeled the 1920s in a tiered gown, while Miss Colombia opted for a dress with daring cutouts.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
  • Zozibini Tunzi was named Miss Universe 2019 at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday.
  • The 26-year-old hails from South Africa, and spends her time working as an activist.
  • Her biggest passions are ending gender-based violence, and promoting natural beauty amongst women.
  • Ninety women competed for the coveted title this year.

Zozibini Tunzi took home the 2019 Miss Universe title at the annual beauty pageant on Sunday, held this year at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hailing from South Africa, the 26-year-old pageant winner is the first black woman from her country to wear the Miss Universe crown. She works as an activist, and is particularly passionate about fighting gender-based violence. Natural beauty is also important to Tunzi, who believes women should "love themselves the way they are," according to the Miss Universe website.

After being named the winner, Tunzi pressed her hands together against her head and grinned.

a man standing on a stage © Paras Griffin/Stringer/Getty Images

She was then presented with the Miss Universe sash, which was placed over her sparkling, long-sleeved gown.

a group of people posing for the camera © Paras Griffin/Stringer/Getty Images

Of course, the Miss Universe crown followed. Tunzi looked emotional as Catriona Gray - who previously served as Miss Philippines and Miss Universe 2018 - placed the crown upon her head.

a group of people posing for the camera © Valerie Macon/Getty Images

This year's crown is called the "Power of Unity," according to a video from Mouawad Jewelry.

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It's made with 18-karat gold and 1,770 diamonds, including a golden centerpiece stone weighing 62.83 carats, according to Rappler. The floral design of the crown is meant to represent unity among women from all seven continents, while the crown as a whole was inspired by "nature, strength, beauty, femininity, and unity," according to Mouawad's video.

© Miss Universe

Miss South Africa looked stunning in the headpiece, and its center stone perfectly matched her golden dress.

a group of people posing for the camera © Paras Griffin/Stringer/Getty Images

She was up against Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Mexico, who took home second and third place respectively.

a group of people wearing costumes © Paras Griffin/Stringer/Getty Images

RELATED VIDEO: Miss South Africa becomes Miss Universe 2019 [Provided by Essence]

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