When Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss South Africa 2019, dark-skinned women all over the country celebrated

Many were thrilled to see a woman who looked just like them wearing the prestigious beauty crown. But it seems not everyone is comfortable seeing black girl magic in action. 

Zozibini revealed on Instagram this week that people have made negative comments about the colour of her skin. 

“I just want to take a moment to dedicate a post to the unkind comments that I have been receiving about my blackness since my crowning… Not because it hurts me or gets under my skin, but because I see an opportunity to educate and speak out on a serious issue,” she wrote.

The 25-year-old added that people have been programmed to believe that dark skin is ugly  

“Society has previously been programmed in such a way that there’s nothing beautiful about being black. The furthest you are from being fair skinned the uglier you are. That unfortunately has been the universal standard of beauty and it is very difficult for some people to unlearn it.”

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Zozibini says she hopes to shatter people’s misconceptions and stereotypes about beauty when she goes to the Miss Universe pageant. 

“These comments are exactly why we should keep inserting ourselves in spaces where we have been told we do not belong and we will never make it. It is up to us re-write the narrative. To whoever else thinks that black is not beautiful I cannot wait for you to experience the depth and magic of a black woman. I am a daughter of the African soil and I am beautiful. See your face reflected in mine.”

 

 

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I just want to take a moment to dedicate a post to the unkind comments that I have been receiving about my blackness since my crowning. To comments that are aimed at all brown skinned girls at some point in our lives. Not because it hurts me or gets under my skin, but because I see an opportunity to educate and speak out on a serious issue. When people say hurtful, negative things about black women and black people in general I do not quickly take offense and here’s why. Society has previously been programmed in such a way that there’s nothing beautiful about being black. The furthest you are from being fair skinned the uglier you are. That unfortunately has been the universal standard of beauty and it is very difficult for some people to unlearn it. I am going into Miss Universe with hopes to shatter whatever misconception and stereotypes people have of beauty. These comments are exactly why we should keep inserting ourselves in spaces where we have been told we do not belong and we will never make it. It is up to us re-write the narrative. To whoever else thinks that black is not beautiful I cannot wait for you to experience the depth and magic of a black woman. I am a daughter of the African soil and I am beautiful. See your face reflected in mine❤️ #misssouthafrica #missuniverse

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