The beautiful, intelligent and sassy Zozibini Tunzi turns another year older today – and the universe is totally toasting to that!

Here are 5 reasons we are celebrating her today and every day…

Her humility is admirable

To the world she is owns the rights to the biggest beauty pageant title…in well the universe! But to those who have the privilege of knowing her, she’s still a small town girl at heart, who’s proud – and unapologetic – about her humble beginnings.

What the universe needs is more people like her!

 

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Even if for a very short while, being home will always be restoration of the soul. After so long we are now currently navigating on tears of joy, love, warmth, support and song❤️ Kuhle eMatolweni!

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She’s not afraid to speak her mind on controversial issues

Lambasting the government over gender-based violence, speaking out on behalf of our Zimbabwean brothers and sisters and even the Clicks hair saga are some of the issues Zozi has brought much needed attention to.

#Zoziforthepeople

She wears her heart on her sleeve

She’s as real as they come and not afraid to show her emotional side – like the fact that she was severely homesick and craving human interaction whilst on lockdown during the pandemic.

No fake smiles or staged photo ops here!

She’s encouraged us to take up space

If there’s one important thing we can take away from her reign, is her message that all women deserve to be acknowledged, respected and treated like the queens we are!

 

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This day will always have a special place in my heart for 2 reasons. The first being that it is women’s day and the second one being that I won Miss South Africa on this day. This video is so relevant for Women’s day as it touches on one of the biggest struggles women face, that being Femicide and abuse. I had two ways to answer this question. I could have easily said every wonderful thing about women but that would have been an injustice to the cries of South African women. I chose the uncomfortable hard hitting truth. I remember when I uttered my first words, you could hear a pin drop in that arena because thats how silent it was for the first few seconds. I knew that millions of people were watching and I wanted to do my part. I wasn’t going to change the world alone in those 30 seconds but I believed that my small part was a contribution to a bigger fight. That’s what it takes. A collection of small efforts from everyone. May we always find the courage to speak out and act against injustices. Happy Miss SA Anniversary to me. And happy Women’s Day South Africa❤

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Her fashion sense is on fleek

Not only is she big on promoting natural beauty – but she’s one helluva style icon!

We also love that her looks are unmistakably influenced by African trends – halala!