“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.
“I think that it is time that that stops today.”
That’s the message from newly-crowned Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, who is from South Africa.
More than 90 women from across the world took part in the pageant which was held in Atlanta in the US on Sunday.
Zozibini beat Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson and Mexico’s Sofia Aragon in the final three to take the tiara.
Finalists in the competition were asked a range of questions on topics such as climate change, protest and social media.
In her final question, 26-year-old Zozibini was asked what we should be teaching young girls today.
Her answer was 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 labelled women to be,” she said.