Zozibini's mother gave her the headwrap she wore taking her final Miss Universe walk

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  • South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi took her final walk as Miss Universe and crowned Mexico's Andrea Meza as the winner of the 69th edition of Miss Universe on Sunday.
  • Zozibini has become the longest-reigning Miss Universe, breaking the previous record held by Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes, who held the title for 464 days.
  • The 27-year-old PR graduate took her final walk across the Miss Universe stage wearing a black and white beaded dress by Biji La Maison de Couture paired with a headwrap and ingqosha. 

South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi took her final walk as Miss Universe and crowned Mexico's Andrea Meza as the winner of the 69th edition of Miss Universe on Sunday.

Despite hoping for a back-to-back win, South Africa's Natasha Joubert did not place in the top 21

Zozibini has become the longest-reigning Miss Universe, breaking the previous record held by Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes, who held the title for 464 days.

The 27-year-old PR graduate took her final walk across the Miss Universe stage wearing a black and white beaded dress by Biji La Maison de Couture paired with a headwrap and ingqosha. (read more about the now-iconic gown here)

The gown, which weighs 6.6kg and took 800 hours to make, showed how important Zozibini's heritage is to her. And what made the ensemble even more special is that her mother gave her the headwrap. 

"I tied it myself!! so proud, [sic]" said Zozibini in an Instagram post, looking back on the moment when she took her final walk.  

As Zozibini walked across the Miss Universe stage, a pre-recorded message played through the speakers at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

"My Miss Universe win is my ancestors' wildest dream. We are now in a world where a Black African girl from a country that is only 27 years into its democracy can represent them on a global stage. I want to honour them for fighting for my freedom so that I can be where I am today," she said. 

WATCH HER FINAL WALK HERE:

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