Fifteen things you should know about Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi

Fifteen things you should know about Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi
  1. She was born in Tsolo, eSdwadweni in the Eastern Cape on September 18, 1992
    into a family of educators – her mother Philiswa Tunzi Nadopu is a school principal in
    an Eastern Cape village called Bolotwa; her father Lungisa Tunzi works at the
    Department of Higher Education and Training in Pretoria.
  2. She is the second of four girls (Yanga, 30, Sibabalwe, 24, and Ayakha, 13) and jokes
    that she entered the Miss South Africa competition to prove she was the most
    beautiful Tunzi sister.
  3. She describes her family as her “true north”, the constant in her life who remain
    her “centre of joy”.
  4. She was crowned Miss South Africa 2019 on Friday, August 9, which just happened
    to be Women’s Day in South Africa.
  5. At the time of winning the title, Zozi was completing her B-Tech in PR at Cape
    Peninsula University of Technology while working fulltime in an undergraduate
    programme at Ogilvy Cape Town. She had previously graduated with a ND Public
    Relations Management at the same institution.
  6. She entered the Miss South Africa competition twice and was a semi-finalist in
    2017, and winner in 2019.
  7. She has chosen to celebrate her blackness by embracing her naturalness.
  8. Zozi Quote: “I came into this competition with my natural hair as a symbol of my
    firm belief in fair representation of any shape and form. And so, through my win, I
    hope I have inspired people, even if just one person to be themselves at all times
    and to never compromise their identities, and to insert themselves in spaces where
    they feel that people like them do not belong.”
  9. She is determined to dispel the myth that beauty queens have no depth. “Beauty
    pageants in 2019 are more than just outer beauty, they are about what an individual
    can offer to the world. They are about being impactful, being an empowered woman
    who can empower other women as well. That can never be irrelevant.”
  10. Zozi is using her platform to change the narrative around gender based violence.
    She believes it’s time to lay the responsibility at the door of perpetrators, and will
    use her year of reign working towards making them aware that they have to change
    their behaviour.
  11. She is inspired by the likes of Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and
    those of their calibre.
  12. Zozibini is a hardcore Marvel fan and enjoys the the DC comic Wonder Woman.
  13. She describes herself as a pretty good singer although she doesn’t sing publicly.
    She’s terrified of heights (acrophobia) and holes (trypophibia).
  14. Her favourite food is Umngqusho (pronounced “oom-nqoo-shoh” which is made
    from stamp mielies and sugar beans) and a beef stew.
  15. She is the reigning 2019 Miss Universe.

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi Biography

Zozibini Tunzi (25) – from Tsolo, eSdwadweni in the Eastern Cape is the new Miss
Universe 2109.
She was crowned Miss South Africa 2019 on Friday, August 9, which just happened
to be Women’s Day in South Africa. At the time of winning the Miss SA title, Tunzi
was completing her B-Tech in PR at Cape Peninsula University of Technology while
working fulltime in an undergraduate programme at Ogilvy Cape Town. She had
previously graduated with an ND Public Relations Management at the same
institution. She says her family is is the most important part of her life: “I once read
that a child chooses their parents. If that is true, my family is the best decision I have
made in my life so far. Everything else could be falling apart but they remain the
constant centre of my joy.” Her mother Philiswa Tunzi Nadopu is a school principal at
Bangweni JSS, a school in a village called Bolotwa in the Eastern Cape. Her father
Lungisa Tunzi works in Pretoria at the Department of Higher Education and Training.
She has three sisters: Yanga (30), Sibabalwe (24) and Ayakha (13). “My dad is the
greatest father in the whole world; he probably knows the names of all previous title
holders of this pageant, probably even more than I do because he shows interest
and invests time in everything his daughters love.” Zozibini is a hardcore Marvel fans
and enjoys the the DC comic Wonder Woman; she’s a pretty good singer although
she doesn’t sing publicly and she enjoys nothing more than Umngqusho
(pronounced “oom-nqoo-shoh” which is made from stamp mielies and sugar beans)
and a beef stew. She had previously entered the Miss South Africa competition in
2017 and was a semifinalist. Says Tunzi: The first misconception people have about
beauty queens is that they have no depth, which is why they don’t find the relevance
in beauty pageants. This is far from the truth. Through pageants I have entered in
the past I have met so many inspirational women from different industries doing
amazing things for their lives and their societies. Looking at the past contestants of
the Miss SA competition we have seen the most brilliant minds grace the stage.
Beauty pageants in 2019 are more than just outer beauty, they are about what an
individual can offer to the world. They are about being impactful, being an
empowered woman who can empower other women as well. That can never be
irrelevant.” She has been praised and celebrated for her natural beauty. “I came into
this competition with my natural hair as a symbol of my firm belief in fair
representation of any shape and form. And so, through my win, I hope I have
inspired people, even if just one person to be themselves at all times and to never
compromise their identities, and to insert themselves in spaces where they feel that
people like them do not belong.” She is inspired by the likes of Steve Biko, Nelson
Mandela, Princess Diana and those of their calibre. “During my reign I will carry the
message that is important to me; to hold men accountable for their behaviour
towards women. I will say to them: Do Better. Be Better.” She is the reigning Miss
Universe 2019.

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