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.

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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.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 09: Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss South Africa 2019 flanked by contestants during the Miss South Africa 2019 beauty pageant grand finale at the Time Square Sun Arena on August 09, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. From its inception in 1943, the Miss South Africa pageant has attracted thousands of beautiful, empowered women from across the nation. This year, the pageant held on national Women’s Day, boasts a new crown named ‘uBuhle bethingo lenkosazana’, a celebration of women, diversity and the beauty of the rainbow. (Photo by Gallo Images/Frennie Shivambu)

 

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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#MissSA2019 was a glorious occasion. ? We welcome our new reigning queen @zozitunzi to this special sisterhood.?

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