10 Reasons Why We Love Our Zozibini Tunzi
Zozibini Tunzi is the name on everyone's lips right now. On Sunday, the 26-year-old became the third South African to win the Miss Universe title, making headlines around the world.
The year 2019 is already proving to be an unforgettable one for the new Miss Universe. On Sunday, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi became the winner of the coveted beauty pageant, which took place at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Here are a few fun facts about her. And we love Zozibini Tunzi for every one of them! See the list below.
In honour of Zozibini winning Miss Universe 2019,
Why We Love Zozibini Tunzi
Beauty Within And Without
The 26-year-old pageant queen is a huge advocate for natural beauty. According to her page on the Miss Universe site, she hopes to “encourages women to love themselves the way they are.”
Winning Sense of Humour
The second of four girls, Zozibini jokes that she entered the Miss SA pageant to prove she’s the most beautiful Tunzi sister. At the star’s national costume reveal, Liesl Laurie, who was a regional judge at the 2019 Miss SA pageant; revealed that it was this sense of humour that made Zozibini a stand-out contestant for her.
Zozibini Tunzi Is One Heck of a Model
Take one look at her Instagram and you’ll see a multitude of glamour shots of her modelling fabulous fashion pieces. With her taking on the new title of Miss Universe 2019, hopefully, we will see her serving more looks!
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Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it. May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine. I proudly state my name Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019!
Beauty and Brains… and Books
That is a killer combination to love and Zozibini Tunzi has it. The 26-year-old is an avid reader and lover of books, all thanks to her grandma. “The first book I ever picked up to read belonged to my grandmother. She gifted it to me because I loved sitting on her lap pretending to read whenever she was doing it…,” Tunzi shared. “Till today, even with her horrible eyesight, you will never catch her without a book in her hand.
Because of her, I have a thirst for knowledge and a love for reading. She sparked a flame in me to always want to do more and to be more.” What’s not to love?
Second time’s the charm
She entered Miss SA twice and was a semi-finalist in 2017, the year in which Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters took home the Miss SA and Miss Universe crowns.
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Of all the important national holidays we have in South Africa, heritage day is one of those that rank very high in my heart. It is so because of what it symbolizes. South Africa has had a very difficult past and yet today we are able to stand and celebrate our individualities, identities and rich culture together as South Africans. I plead though that this year's heritage day be extra special . I ask that we please open our hearts and extend our love and celebration of culture throughout the rest of Africa. We are one people after all. We are Africans. Happy Heritage Day maAfrika Amahle!
Not just a pretty face
When she won Miss SA, Zozi was completing her B.Tech at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She previously graduated with an ND: Public Relations Management at the same institution.
Zozibini Tunzi Is Naturally beautiful
She chose to enter Miss SA with her natural hair as “a symbol of my firm belief in fair representation of any shape and form.” The beauty queen has said that she hopes to inspire people to be themselves at all times.
An advocate for change
She is using her voice to change the narrative around gender-based violence and even incorporated her passion around the subject into her Miss Universe national costume.
“I’m asking the people of South Africa to be part of the fabric of my Miss Universe National Costume by writing love letters that pledge support for the women of this country,” she captioned a recent Instagram post. “It is my hope that these pledges will start, and continue a conversation around gender-based violence. We have to start the narration where right-thinking people act as role models for those who think it’s okay to mistreat women.”
She’s a true role model
Zozibini Tunzi is exactly the kind of woman who young people across South Africa can look towards for wisdom and inspiration. She acts with integrity and her character has never been called into question during her short time in the public eye.
Zozi Tunzi Is the definition of chic
Elegant. Decadent. Opulent. We could go on forever, but Zozibini’s dress sense never misses a beat whether she’s on the red carpet or at a charity event.