Zozibini Tunzi (Photo: Getty Images)
The 26-year-old beauty queen wowed judges on Sunday in Atlanta, making her the third South African, after Margaret Gardiner and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters to win the title.
South Africans were filled with pride on Monday when they woke up to the news that Zozi had taken the crown.
"Congratulations @zozitunzi on representing SA and yourself in a truly regal manner. So so so proud," Grammy nominated comedian, Trevor Noah, tweeted.
In a tweet sent immediately after Zozibini's win, the Miss South Africa organisation, said: "Our hearts are swelling with pride. You have represented South Africa with elegance, integrity and authenticity. We are so proud of you, @zozitunzi."
"I think I've been more excited than anything. I've just told myself that I'm going to be 100 percent me and whatever happens, happens," she said at the time.