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The Crowning Glory of Africa: A Look at Miss Universe Winners from the Motherland.

The Miss Universe pageant is an annual international beauty competition that has been held since 1952. The pageant is owned and run by the Miss Universe Organization, which also operates the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants. The winner of the Miss Universe pageant goes on to represent her country on the international stage for the following year. In this article, we will take a look at the African winners of the Miss Universe pageant.

The first African winner of the Miss Universe pageant was Margaret Gardiner from South Africa, who won the title in 1978. She was a 21-year-old student when she won the pageant.

Margaret Gardiner
Margaret Gardiner – Miss Universe 1978

Gardiner was the first South African to win the Miss Universe title, and she went on to become a successful model and television presenter.

The second African winner of the Miss Universe pageant was Mpule Kwelagobe from Botswana, who won the title in 1999. She was a 19-year-old student when she won the pageant.

Mpule Kwelagobe
Mpule Kwelagobe – Miss Universe 1999

Kwelagobe was the first woman from Botswana to win the Miss Universe title, and she went on to become a successful model and television host.

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The third African winner of the Miss Universe pageant was Leila Lopes from Angola, who won the title in 2011. She was a 25-year-old businesswoman when she won the pageant.

Leila Lopes
Leila Lopes – Miss Universe 2011

Lopes was the first woman from Angola to win the Miss Universe title, and she went on to become a successful model, television host, and philanthropist.

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The fourth African winner of the Miss Universe pageant was Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa, who won the title in 2017. She was a 22-year-old student when she won the pageant.

Demi Leigh Nel Peters
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – Miss Universe 2017

Nel-Peters was the second South African woman to win the Miss Universe title, and she went on to become a successful model, television host, and philanthropist.

The fifth African winner of the Miss Universe pageant is Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa, who won the title in 2019. She was a 26-year-old public relations professional when she won the pageant.

Zozibini Tunzi
Zozibini Tunzi – Miss Universe 2019

Tunzi was the third South African woman to win the Miss Universe title, and she went on to become a successful model, television host and philanthropist.

These women not only brought pride to their respective countries but also brought attention to Africa as a whole. They also went on to use their platform to champion various causes, such as education, women’s rights, and poverty reduction. The Miss Universe pageant has helped to provide these African women with a platform to make a difference in their communities and in the world.

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