- The new Miss SA Zozibini Tunzi has revealed her bold plans to wear her natural hair when representing South Africa on the global stage
- Tunzi faced a social media backlash recently as many viewers criticised her natural look
- The beauty queen entered the Miss SA pageant 2 years and entered on the final day for this year’s event
Miss SA Zozibini Tunzi has just been crowned and has already made news and social media headlines.
Tunzi caused a stir on social media as she won the pageant while wearing her natural hair.
The beauty queen has revealed her intention to maintain the natural look while she represents South Africa on the global stage.
TimesLIVE reported on some of the reaction from the public via Twitter as numerous viewers were critical and seemingly felt that a weave is a requirement.
Some comments labelled the natural look “too basic” while another tweep claimed her to be "just a village girl”.
Tunzi remained undeterred and doesn’t seek social media commentary for validation.
She said, “I just don't take it to heart. I don't google myself or look at social media comments to validate me. I know that I am beautiful. That beauty is from within and not everyone has the same ideas of what beautiful is."
Briefly.co.za understands that Tunzi did not have many friends as a child and the world of beauty pageants helped her to grow her confidence.
Tunzi said, "I want this to be a win for all South African women. I want to show that you can be beautiful by simply being yourself, by wearing your own natural crown, and not be ashamed."
She added, "I feel like beauty in that space has been westernised. Maybe for the first time Miss Universe will be an African girl with kinky hair."
Tunzi’s victory was overwhelming for her family as her mother, Philiswa, needed the assistance of paramedics after passing out.
Philiswa is the school principal at Bangweni JSS, which is based in the Eastern Cape village of Bolotwa.
With her father being employed at the department of higher education and training in Pretoria, it’s no surprise that Tunzi has prioritised access to education as one of her goals during her reign.
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