Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa has been crowned Miss Universe for the year 2019, beating more than 90 contestants, including Miss India, from around the globe.
She is the biggest example of ‘a girl with black beauty’. Those who believe that ‘blacks’ are not beautiful then this is for them. The third woman from South Africa to win the title, and the first black woman since Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011.
Tunzi began her pageantry career in 2017 when she was accepted as one of the top 26 semifinalists of Miss South Africa 2017, although she was not selected as one of the twelve finalists. She returned to pageantry to compete in the Miss South Africa 2019 competition.
HER EARLY LIFE
Tunzi was born in Tsolo, Eastern Cape and raised in the nearby village of Sidwadweni. Tunzi is one of three sisters. She later moved to Cape Town, settling in the Gardens suburb, to attend Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and image management in 2018.
Prior to winning Miss South Africa, Tunzi was completing a Bachelor of Technology graduate degree in public relations management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and worked as a graduate intern in the public relations department of Ogilvy Cape Town.