Zozibini Tunzi Biography, Wiki
Zozibini Tunzi is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2019. Tunzi had previously been crowned Miss South Africa 2019. She is the third woman from South Africa to win the title, and the first black woman since Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011.
Hi guys 😀
It’s been so hectic settling in, going through registration and meeting the girls that I haven’t had time to be very social. But I’m here ninani..I’ve officially settled in very well❤️ pic.twitter.com/bQ2kIOalsR
— Zozibini Tunzi (@zozitunzi) November 30, 2019
Zozibini Tunzi Beaty Pageant Titleholder
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Miss South Africa 2019 (Winner)
Miss Universe 2019 (TBD)
Zozibini Tunzi Age
She was born on September 18th, 1993 in Tsolo, Eastern Cape, South Africa. She is 25 years old.
Zozibini Tunzi Education
Tunzi was born in Tsolo, Eastern Cape and raised in the nearby village of Sidwadweni. Tunzi later moved to Cape Town to attend the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where she is studying for a Bachelor of Technology in public relations management graduating in 2018 as per her LinkedIn profile. Prior to being crowned Miss South Africa, Tunzi worked in the public relations department of Ogilvy in Cape Town.
Zozibini Tunzi Parents are her Role Models
Zozibini Tunzi lists her role models as her parents and Caster Semenya, whom she’d love to meet. Zozibini is a hard-core Marvel fan, was a Game of Thrones addict and enjoys eating out. Speaking of her parents, she said, . “My mother taught me the importance of being kind and humble and always helpful to those around me and my father taught me the importance of education, hard work, and discipline,” she says.
Zozibini Tunzi Miss South Africa 2019
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As Promised. South Africa the biggest pride was not only wearing your name across my heart but having a gown so perfectly designed by @biji_la_maison that represented my heritage on the biggest stage in the Universe. You gave me the strength and I felt and continue to feel the love from you…my beloved! Preliminaries ✅ Who’s ready for finals?🇿🇦👑🇿🇦 Ndiyabulela ngenkxaso yenu kwela qonga izolo. Ndiyayazi beninam 🇿🇦👑🇿🇦 #ProudlySouthAfrican #MissUniverse #MissSouthAfrica #xhosa
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. Of the initial applications, Tunzi was selected to continue as one of the top 35 semifinalists after being confirmed as one on 26 June 2019. After further auditions, Tunzi was announced as one of the sixteen finalists on 11 July.
After being selected as one of the finalists, Tunzi went on to compete in the Miss South Africa 2019 competition in Pretoria on 9 August. She progressed through the stages of the final, advancing to the top ten, then top five, and finally the top two until she was crowned the winner by predecessor Tamaryn Green, besting runner-up Sasha-Lee Olivier. Following her win, Tunzi received prizes including R1 million, a new car, and a fully furnished apartment in the Sandton neighbourhood of Johannesburg, which is valued at R5 million, for her to use throughout her reign. The achievement allowed Tunzi to represent South Africa at the Miss Universe 2019 competition.
Zozibini Tunzi Miss Universe 2019
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Tunzi arrived in Atlanta, Georgia for Miss Universe 2019 in November 2019. She competed in the preliminary competition on 6 December and competed in the finals on 8 December at Tyler Perry Studios. During the competition, Tunzi advanced to the top twenty as the first semifinalist for the Africa/Asia-Pacific continental region. She then advanced to the top ten, then the top five, and ultimately the final three. By the end of the event, Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 by outgoing titleholder Catriona Gray of the Philippines, besting first runner-up Madison Anderson of Puerto Rico and second runner-up Sofía Aragón of Mexico. Tunzi’s win is South Africa’s third Miss Universe crown; she is the first black woman to win the Miss Universe title since Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011, and the first to do so with afro-textured hair. For the next year, Zozibini will be set up in a luxurious New York City apartment which she will share with Miss USA 2019.
The 26-year-old beauty queen beat out 89 other contestants during the pageant held in Atlanta and hosted by Steve Harvey.
“She has devoted her social media campaign to changing the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is a proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are,” the bio says.
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 am #MissUniverse2019. pic.twitter.com/gMkjmVCabo
— Zozibini Tunzi (@zozitunzi) December 9, 2019
Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was the first runner up and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon was the second runner-up.
The final three were asked on-stage: “What is the most important thing you should be teaching young girls today?”
Clad in a striking gold and silver gown, Tunzi answered: “leadership.”
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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!