- The Sri-Lankan doll artist, Nigeshan Sivasundharam, who designed the Zozibini Tunzi doll has just apologised for the lack of resemblance the doll he made for the model
- His apology comes after a general uproar from people across the world who did not believe the doll even slightly resembled Miss Tunzi
- Speaking in a recent interview, Nigeshan said that he was a huge fan of Zozi and dedicated the doll to her because he admires her so much
Nigeshan Sivasundharam, a Sri Lankan doll artist recently issued an apology after he received widespread criticisim for the doll he designed in honour of South Africa's beauty queen, Zozibini Tunzi.
In a recent interview, Nigeshan said that he was not a canvas doll maker and only takes into consideration a doll's skin tone when he dresses it up to resemble a certain celebrity or prominent figure.
Nigeshan's Zozibini Doll was dressed in a dress almost identical to the one Tunzi wore when she handed over the Miss Universe crown to Andrea Meza of Mexico, but this did not impress many locals who pointed out that the doll looks nothing like Zozi.
"I'm in Sri Lanka, so I don't have that much knowledge about the face structure of people in SA, I'm sorry,” he said according to a TshisaLIVE article.
Briefly News also reported that a Zozibini Tunzi doll is making the rounds on social media for all the wrong reasons after many fans shared that they felt it looked nothing like the former Miss Universe.
Sri Lankan celebrity doll artist Nigydolls created the doll in honour of Zozi, in which she is dressed like a true queen in her Xhosa-inspired black and white beaded garment that she rocked during this year's Miss Universe pageant.
A fan took to Twitter to share the exciting news with her followers but the responses were not so great. Many social media users felt the doll was not a true representation of an African woman and criticised it for looking too Asian.
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