South African runner-up in Miss Universe pageant

South Africa’s Tamaryn Green, 24, has been crowned runner-up at this year’s Miss Universe pageant. She missed out on the top spot to Catriona Gray of the Philippines.

Miss Green is a trainee doctor and a survivor of tuberculosis (TB) who addressed the United Nations General Assembly on the topic of TB stigma in September.

Had she won, Miss Green would have become the third champion from South Africa – after Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (2017) and Margaret Gardner (1978).

Fans have taken to social media to congratulate her:

While hugely popular, such pageants are often accused of objectifying women and promoting gender inequality.

Activists have described Miss Universe as a “display of flesh” which sets “unattainable beauty standards”.

First Published 17.12.18: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-46590730

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