Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, has unveiled the dress she will be wearing to the Miss Universe pageant next month
Her ‘Wave of Love’ national costumed was designed by The Costume Department’s Lloyd Kandlin.
The colours of the costume were inspired by the South African flag, and that’s not the only special thing about the look.
The outfit has love letters, written by men to South African women, incorporated into the design.
Miss South Africa 2019, Zozibini Tunzi is representing South Africa at Miss Universe 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia USA on 8 December 2019 and what do you think of the national costume she’s showcasing?#misssa2019#MissUniverse2019 pic.twitter.com/uFClSDYbTI
— Edbook Media (@EdbookSA) November 22, 2019
A few weeks ago, Zozibini Tunzi launched her #HeForShe campaign, calling on men to stand with women in the fight against gender-based violence.
Men pledged their support by sending in their love letters to South African women.
“Here she is! Waves of love! I’m proud to wear a wave of South African love with me on the Miss Universe Stage. Thank you to everyone who partook in my #HeforShe campaign and still continue to do so!” Zozibini wrote on Instagram.
Her evening gown for the Miss Universe pageant was also unveiled at the event
Local designer Biji created the hand-beaded dress which was inspired by South African minerals.
Zozibini will be taking a special gift with her when she travels to Atlanta for the pageant, as Miss Universe contestants have been encouraged to take a soft toy with them, which will be donated to various charities.
Zozibini’s soft toy is a doll designed by former Miss South Africa, Bokang Montjane, who created the African doll collection to help young girls feel confident in their skin.
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For 2019, the Miss Universe organization will be donating toys to the various charities they support. This year, we are staying true to the message Zozi is sending to girls of the world. “I want all little girls to see their face reflected in mine.” The gift, a @bokang_m doll. #MissUniverse #ZoziForMissUniverse