Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday night 8th December, 2019. The Miss Universe finale was held at Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. She excelled through rounds of evening grown struts, swim wears and questions on social issues.
Zozibini Tunzi is a South African Model; she is the third woman from South Africa to win the title, and the first black woman since Leila Lopes of Angola was crowned Miss Universe 2011.
She was born 18th September, 1993 at Tsolo Eastern Cape, South Africa. She’s 5 ft 10 in height; she attended Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and image management in 2018. Prior to winning Miss South Africa, Miss Tunzi was completing a Bachelor of Technology, and worked as a graduate intern in the public relations department of Ogilvy Cape Town in South Africa.
Tunzi began her pageantry career in 2017, when she was accepted as one of the top 26 semifinalist of Miss South Africa 2017, although she was not selected as one of the twelve finalists that year, she returned to pageantry to compete in the Miss South Africa 2019 completion. After sailing through and getting selected as one of the finalists, Tunzi went on to compete in Pretoria on August 9th 2019 to emerge as the winner in South Africa.
At the Miss Universe 2019 stage, she competed in the preliminary competition on 6th December, and competed in the finals on 8th December, 2019 at Tyler Perry Studio in Atlanta. During the completion, Tunzi advanced to the top twenty as the first semifinalist for the Africa/ Asia Pacific continental Region. She then advanced to the top ten, to top five, and by the end of the event, was crowned Miss Universe 2019 by the outgoing title holder Catriona Gray of the Philiphines.
Miss Tunzi’s win is South Africa’s third Miss Universe Crown; she is the first black woman to win the title with afro – textured hair. Part of her reward for winning, for the next year Zozibini will be set up in a luxurious New York City Apartment.
The African Beauty in her final response won the heart of the judges when she said “ I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me- with my kind of skin and my kind of hair- was never considered to be beautiful, she said in her last response I think it is time that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine”.
The Miss Universe Pageant is a global, inclusive organization that celebrates women of all cultures and backgrounds and empowers them to realize their goals through experiences that build self – confidence and create opportunities for success.
We in Africa wish Miss Tunzi Well, and we pray she amplifies the voice of African women at the centre stage of the world.
By Adjoa GoodFriday