“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 after winning her crown on Sunday night. “I think it is time that 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.”
Now the 26-year-old has stopped by Good Morning America to describe her experience post-win. “Everything’s still sinking in and people keep calling me Miss Universe and I keep looking away because I think I forgot that it’s me,” she laughed. “But yea I feel fantastic.”
After her big win, Tunzi even received a tweet from the one and only Oprah Winfrey, inviting her to Winfrey’s all girls school in South Africa. “Congratulations Miss South Africa, the new Miss Universe @zozitunzi,” Oprah tweeted along with a clip of Tunzi. “Agree with you…leadership is the most powerful thing we should be teaching young women today. We welcome your visit to #OWLAG, our Leadership Academy for Girls.”
Michael Strahan asked Tunzi how she felt after the tweet and she explained, “I fainted for a second there because I was like, ‘is this Oprah-Oprah?’ And they were like, ‘yeah it’s the real one.”
You can watch her full response in the clip below!