- While the news of Zozibini Tunzi winning the Miss Universe pageant is still sinking in, she's feeling grateful
- The young beauty queen shared a post to show her parents and the rest of the world that she appreciates them
- Zozi told her mom and dad that the woman she is, is all thanks to them and their love
For the third time, a South African beauty has been crowned as Miss Universe - the title went to 26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi from the Eastern Cape.
Zozi is a Cape Peninsula University of Technology graduate and has made Mzansi and her family super proud.
Her mom and dad, Philiswa Nadapu and Lungisa Tunzi, could not stop smiling after their daughter won the popular beauty pageant.
The pair rocked traditional outfits at the international competition to help Zozi represent her country.
She in turn thanked her parents for everything they have done to help her get to where she is today.
Miss Universe used her Instagram account to send a heartfelt shout-out to her folks, showing her appreciation and love.
"I am because you are. You’ve given me life, you’ve raised me to be the woman I am so that I can stand in a far away land proudly knowing where I’m rooted and where I come from. You’ve sacrificed so much and fought battles I don’t even know about, everything so that we could have all the opportunities the Universe has to offer. I am forever grateful and hope to make you proud, every single day of my life!
"Ndiyabulela, kwaye ndinithanda ngentliziyo yam yonke."
The news of Zozi's win has also reached international celebs, who took moments to share their congrats to her on social media.
Briefly.co.za reported that stars such as Oprah, Trevor Noah and even Tyra Banks shared their congratulatory messages to our homegirl.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!