Published: 14:01 EST, 10 December 2019 | Updated: 16:46 EST, 10 December 2019
This year was the year of diversity within the world's biggest beauty pageants, with 2019 marking the first time ever that Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe were all won by black women.
Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was crowned the winner of the 2019 Miss Universe pageant on Sunday evening, however her win did not just represent a phenomenal personal triumph - it also rocketed her into the history books alongside her fellow black beauty queens.
Newly-crowned Tunzi, 26, joins Miss America Nia Franklin, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris in the history-making foursome - which has already come under high praise online from a slew of people, including former first lady Michelle Obama.
Taking the crown: Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, 26, was crowned the 2019 Miss Universe
Important: Tunzi made waves in particular during her pageant because she vowed to wear her hair natural to promote natural beauty
That magic: Tunzi joined Miss America Nia Franklin, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris, all of whom are black women
Winning the Miss Universe crown was a big moment for Tunzi, who used her closing statement to speak about the fact that she rarely saw any women who looked like her on the pageant stage when growing up.
'I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and my kind of hair — was never considered to be beautiful,' she said. 'I think it is time that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face, and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.'
She competed in the pageant with the idea of promoting natural beauty, which included her modeling her natural hair on the pageant stage.
To her, rocking her hair in its short natural style was 'a symbol of my firm belief in fair representation,' she said.
Tunzi's joy about winning the competition was also expressed on social media with her writing: 'Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it.
'May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine. I am #MissUniverse2019.'
Incredible: This is the first time in history all four winners are black women in the same year. Pictured left is Miss America Nia Franklin and right is Miss USA Cheslie Kryst
Breaking barriers: Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris also took the title earlier this year
Celebrating: People online, including Oprah Winfrey, congratulated Tunzi on her win
Big moment: Women resonated with Tuniz because she vowed to wear her hair natural during the competition to promote natural beauty
Proud: It was also noticed how all four titles were held by black women. And one woman expressed her delight that they all looked like her
Previously Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe have all seen a black woman take the crown, but never all at the same time.
The monumental moment was not lost with people online following the crowning of Tunzi.
Former first lady Michelle Obama shared an article from Essence on her own Twitter page revealing how all four titles were held by black women. Obama called the moment '#BlackGirlMagic'.
Oprah Winfrey also took time on Twitter to congratulate Tunzi on her new title.
'Congratulations Miss South Africa, the new Miss Universe @zozitunzi ! Agree with you...leadership is the most powerful thing we should be teaching young women today,' she wrote.
Oprah's tweet referenced the answer Tunzi gave about what the most important thing was to teach young women today. Tunzi advised for women and young girls to 'take up space' in society.
Excited: Twitter erupted with celebrations from people who were happy about the diversity featured on the pageant stage this year
'Nothing as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself,' she said when answering her question.
Women online took to Twitter to praise the recent crowning of Tunzi, as they expressed how each of the four winners looked like them.
'Miss USA looks like me! Miss Teen USA looks like me!! Miss America LOOKS LIKE ME!!!! MISS UNIVERSE LOOKS LIKE ME!!!!! I am so proud of my Queens,' one excited women wrote online.
Her excitement was shared by others who celebrated the moment in history.
One person called the four women 'black queens' for all getting crowned together in the same year and showing why representation was important.