- Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi took to social media to confront “unkind comments” about her “blackness”
- Zozibini earlier mentioned that she was aware that social media can be a dark place
- The beauty queen said she sees this as an "opportunity to educate and speak out on a serious issue"
The 25-year-old Zozibini Tunzi has been challenging beauty stereotypes from the moment she was crowned Miss South Africa on 9 August.
According to TshisaLive, it first began with her haircut which caused a stir on social media on the night of the pageant. Many people applauded her for keeping her natural look, but there were also others who believed her short haircut was “too basic" for a beauty queen.
At the time, Zozibini, who hails from the Eastern Cape, told the Sunday Times that she didn’t take such comments to heart, saying, “I am aware that social media can be a dark place.”
In a powerful Instagram post, Zozibini explained why she won’t let “unkind comments” about her “blackness” unnerve her.
She addressed those who thought black was not beautiful, saying she wouldn't take offence because she sees this as an "opportunity to educate and speak out on a serious issue".
"Society has previously been programmed in such a way that there's nothing beautiful about being black. The furthest you are from being fair skinned the uglier you are. That unfortunately has been the universal standard of beauty and it is very difficult for some people to unlearn it," wrote Zozibini.
The beauty queen plans to enter the Miss Universe pageant with hopes to shatter whatever misconceptions and stereotypes people have of beauty.
Zozibini encouraged all the brown-skinned girls who have been on the receiving end of hurtful remarks by saying: "These comments are exactly why we should keep inserting ourselves in spaces where we have been told we do not belong and we will never make it. It is up to us re-write the narrative".
The beauty queen's post really hit home for most of her followers, of which many - including celebrities - sympathised with her or commended her for what she said.
Here are a few comments:
zizotshwete: "Beautifully expressed @zozitunzi! We are 100% behind you, Sisi omhle! ❤️❤️"
connie_ferguson: "@zozitunzi - Miss South Africa, Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Everything!❤️"
tanseycoetzee: "Queen of everything what a powerful message. So proud to call you OUR QUEEN ❤️"
tamaryngreen: "Yes Queen! You use your voice ❤ "
adevanheerden: "♥️♥️♥️ Proud of you! Your beauty cannot even begin to be captured in a single comment, photograph of moment. It shines brighter, it brings hope, it enlightens and it leads!"
zimi_mabunzi: "Oh my word, couldn’t be more proud to have you as my Miss South Africa . Absolutely relatable and beautifully put. Go get your crown MamTolo! "
Meanwhile, a few days ago, Briefly.co.za reported that Zozibini Tunzi, our beautiful Miss South Africa, had been touched by the focus on femicide in the country. She shared a post in which she expressed her feelings on the matter, saying she's behind the women who marched to the Cape Town CBD in protest against gender-based violence.
Last week, thousands of citizens flocked to the Cape Town CBD to march against gender-based violence. The protest aimed to gain the attention of President Cyril Ramaphosa and other world leaders who attended the World Economic Forum. Reflecting on how brave South African women marched for freedom in 1956, Zozibini Tunzi, Miss SA, expressed her sadness at seeing women march again - this time for the right to live.
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