Miss SA Zozibini Tunzi, who scooped the prestigious crown on Friday night bowled over the judging panel and won the hearts of the nation for embracing her natural hair
Zozibini was crowned during a glitzy event that took place on Women’s Day at the Sun Arena in Times Square, Pretoria.
Just minutes after the 25-year-old public relations graduate from the Eastern Cape stepped into her new role, social media was flooded with comments about African women standing tall in their natural beauty under the hashtag #BrownSkinGirls.
“I came into this competition with my natural hair as a symbol of my firm belief in fair representation of any shape and form. And so, through my win, I hope I have inspired people, even if just one person to be themselves at all times and to never compromise their identities, and to insert themselves in spaces where they feel that people like them do not belong.
“Because the truth is, we do belong and in the words of the actress Lupita Nyong’o ‘Your dreams are valid’,” she said during her acceptance speech.
Congrats Zozibini Tunzi for being crowned as Miss South Africa. For the first time we have a black miss South Africa who didn’t rely on weave to outshine the rest.🎉🍾🎈
— KhayaM (@KhayaM29342000) August 11, 2019
What a time to be alive. So many brown skin girls/women were tricked into believing they weren’t beautiful because they have dark skin. But, we are rewriting that weak ass narrative. Congratulations Zozibini 😍😍 #MissSA2019 pic.twitter.com/mx6w6hK4le
— P.M. (@Passeks) August 9, 2019
I’m happy. I’m emotional. A South African beauty with short natural hair won the #MissSA2019 crown. Congratulations Zozibini 🥰🥰🥰 @ Sun International ~ Time Square Casino ~ Menlyn Maine https://t.co/zGTZsVsDuK
— Mme a Masakona (@FloMasebe) August 9, 2019
Zozibini added that she is passionate about education and that for as long as she can remember she knew she had to lead a purposeful life
“I believe that every single person was brought into this world for a purpose and that we should never leave the world as we found it, we should always strive to make a positive change.”
The swanky pageant was hosted by Bonang Matheba who blew the audience and fans at home away with her smoking-hot fashion choices.
The all-women judging panel included Anele Mdoda, Connie Ferguson, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Thando Hopa and current Miss Universe Catriona Gray.
Zozibini walked away with R1 million in cash as well as a further R2 million worth of sponsorships and prizes, including the use of a luxury Sandton apartment and a Mercedes-Benz cabriolet for a year.
Runner-up was Sasha-Lee Olivier (26), from Alberton, who received R250 000 in cash.
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