- Zozibini Tunzi's name has become synonymous with African strength and beauty
- She has come a long way to show the world that black is beautiful and to rewrite the rules
- And it all began in 1993 in a village in the Eastern Cape
Zozibini Tunzi started her journey to greatness on 18 September in the Eastern Cape in 1993 in Tsolo, eSdwadweni in the Eastern Cape.
From there she travelled a road that took her to becoming the queen of the universe, and South Africa's pride and joy.
Zozi graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a national diploma in public relations management.
This graduation came around the same time that she was crowned Miss South Africa in August.
But Zozi has been an advocate for the things that she believes in for years. Thought-provoking posts and inspiring messages can be found on her social media that date back to before her beauty queen days.
She has dreamed of becoming Miss Universe for a while, and through her perseverance, managed to pull it off.
One day is one day...
Although she wanted the Miss World crown, she still got the Miss Universe one, which is just as amazing.
Zozi actually took part in Miss SA in 2017, but Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters walked away with the crown. Zozi wasn't bitter though. She knew her time would come.
"The only difference between now and then is that then was not my time. Then was Demi-Leigh's year. There was nothing wrong with me then; I was always the person that I am.
"It's just that it wasn't my time, so that's the difference. Now, the world needed to hear my message. The world needed a Miss South Africa that is me, that looks like me."
Beauty pageants and studying aren't the only things Zozi kept herself busy with. In 2018, she entered the Presenter Search on 3 competition.
It was here that a video was recorded that later had Ntsiki Mazwai spitting fire. Briefly.co.za reported Ntsiki expressed her disgust in the way Basetsana Kumalo handled an interview with Zozibini Tunzi.
Ntsiki called Basetsana a hater and slammed her for having a bad 'attitude'. However, it should be noted that the interview was part of a challenge during the competition, and Basetsana was apparently supposed to make things difficult.
Although Zozi didn't win, she did make the finals. That was not where her destiny lay though. She was meant to be a queen.
After winning the 2019 Miss SA competition, Zozi went on to take part in Miss Universe. She blew the world away with her fresh approach to beauty.
She also expressed her views on gender-based violence and how men can help change the situation.
She roped in the help of SA men for her national costume at the beauty competition. Zozi had local men send in love letters dedicated to the women of Mzansi, which she incorporated into her costume.
She became the third South African beauty to win the title.
Now, SA's darling has moved to New York and will use the platform that she's been given to do a lot of good in the world.
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