Cape Peninsula University of Technology student, 25-year-old Zozibini Tunzi is our Official Miss South Africa 2019!
Zozibini Tunzi was born in Tsolo, Eastern Cape and raised in the nearby village of Sidwadweni. She later moved to Cape Town where she studies and is clearly living her best life.
This beauty queen was born on my Ouma Rentia’s birthday, 18 September in the same year my eldest son Kev was born (1993), who celebrated his 26th birthday today. 😊
She loves a bit of Game of Thrones, (I wear a Crown and I know things?) eating out, is passionate about educating our youth (basically we are twins if I stopped here) and Marvel. Okay, she lost me there.
I love that the all-female judging panel chose this girl who proudly wore her natural hair and #yassssqueen – power to every woman!
Zozibini will be representing South Africa at the 68th Miss Universe 2019 competition in South Korea on 19 December 2019.
This beautiful girl is the first to wear a newly designed, 3D-printed, moulded and manufactured Ndebele patterned crown with 2 586 sparkling zirconia stones which I have read took about 192 hours to manufacture.
Weighing in at 517g and rumoured to be worth R500 000, I am not sure I would want the responsibility not to drop it. (Not that there is any chance of me coming close!) The crown was created by American Swiss in collaboration with jewellery designer Johan Louw of Uwe Koetter Jewellers.
The crown has been named “Ubuhle Bethungo Lenkosazana“, which means “Beauty of the rainbow” in Zulu. I think that is beautiful. As this year’s pageant was about celebrating diversity, I love that a Ndebele design received a Zulu name.
Go well African child!
I wish you enough,
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