Before being crowned Miss SA, Zozibini was asked a question that would help shape the rest of her reign – “Through all the darkness that South African women face; emotional, physical, sexual and economic abuse, what reason do we have to keep smiling?”
Zozi’s replied: “We have absolutely no reason to keep smiling. South African women are dying every day and most people are doing nothing about it. It’s time we stop asking women what to do, and start asking perpetrators to do better, to be better. To start treating women the way that they deserve to be treated. It is not up to us (women) but up to the perpetrator to start doing what’s right.”
She threw her weight against The United Nations’ ‘He For She’ campaign shortly after the pageant. The campaign aims to end gender-based violence around the world and calls on both men and women become “agents of change”.
Zozibini’s national costume for the Miss Universe pageant is adorned with letters written by South African men who supported the fight against gender-based violence.
Turning heads at Miss Universe
Zozibini Tunzi is currently in Atlanta, Georgia, for the Miss Universe pageant. She has already been named one of the early favourites for the competition. Zozi promised her SA fans that she will give her all at the pageant.
“I am leaving South Africa as one but will confidently stand on that global stage as millions. I have never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would experience a love like this. I carry you in my heart and spirit. Thank you so much for always showing up for me South Africa. All my love,” she wrote on Instagram.
You can help Zozi secure a place in the Top 20 by voting for her on the Miss Universe website. https://www.missuniverse.com
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