- The beautiful Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss South Africa on Women’s Day
- Sources have now revealed that the stunning Eastern Cape woman has been in the running for the title before
- In 2017, Zozibini competed in the prestigious pageant, but only made it through to the semi-finals
The 2019 edition of the Miss South Africa pageant was an exciting affair, with Eastern Cape beauty, Zozibini Tunzi, taking home the crown.
It has since been discovered that winning Miss SA has been a long-time dream for Zozibini.
The 2019 Miss SA winner competed for the crown in 2017, but only made it through to the semi-finals, Sunday Times reported.
After leaving the competition in 2017, Zozibini wrote a heartfelt message to her home province, showing how important representing the Eastern Cape was to her.
"This was big for us, for our province, for our little beautiful villages. Yes, I do realise that this became more than just about me," Zozibini said.
While Zozibini was graceful in accepting her position in the 2017 pageant, she admitted that it was hard to grasp that she wasn’t going to win that year.
"Some of the judges pulled me aside and told me I was absolutely outstanding throughout my journey, I stood there, looked at them and thought "then why am I not in the top 12?' Then again I thought to myself 'God's timing is perfect. He is never early, he is never late, he is always on time.'"
Patience and perseverance pays off as now Zozibini can enjoy the coveted title of Miss South Africa 2019, as well as prizes worth R3 million.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Zozibini grew and matured in the two years between her Miss SA appearances.
"I'm a different person now. Back then, I didn't know myself that much, but now I came back stronger with a bigger purpose," Zozibini explained.
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