Zozibini Tunzi is the winner of the “Miss Universe 2019” competition; after winning “Miss South Africa” title in the same year.
She was born on Saturday, 18 September 1993 (age 26 years; as in 2019), in Tsolo, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Her zodiac sign is Virgo. She completed her schooling from Butterworth High School in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Later, she joined Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa to pursue B.Tech. in Public Relations. Sierra Leone Time
Height (approx.): 5’ 10”
Figure Measurements (approx.): 33-26-35
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Her father’s name is Lungisa Tunzi, and her mother’s name is Philiswa Nadapu. She has three sisters, and two of her sisters are Yanga Yayaer Tunzi and Sibabalwe Ngxizaar Tunzi.
She started working at Ogilvy Cape Town, while she was pursuing her graduation. In 2017, she participated in the beauty pageant, Miss South Africa. She was selected among the top 26 semi-finalists but could not make to the top 12 contestants. She again participated in the Miss South Africa competition in 2019.
On 11 July 2019, she was selected among the top 16 finalists. Miss South Africa 2019 competition was held on 9 August 2019 at the Sun Arena at Time Square, Pretoria, South Africa. Tunzi was crowned as 61st Miss South Africa by Tamaryn Green of Western Cape (60th Miss South Africa). The event was broadcasted live at Mzansi Magic channel.
She won R1 million, a car, and R5 million fully furnished apartment in Sandton Johannesburg, for her to use throughout her reign.
On 8 December 2019, she represented her country in Miss Universe contest 2019. Tunzi won the title and was crowned by Catriona Gray (Miss Universe 2018). The event was held at Tyler Perry Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by the American comic-turned-TV personality Steve Harvey and was broadcasted on FOX TV.
The first runner up of the pageant was Madison Anderson from Puerto Rico and the second runner up was Sofía Aragón from Mexico.
- Food: Pizza
- Actor: Jesse Williams
- Athlete: Caster Semenya
- Shows: Game of Thrones (2011)
- Colour: White
- Tunzi became the third Miss South Africa who won the Miss Universe title. The other two ladies who won this title were Margaret Gardiner (1978) and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (2017).
- Tunzi’s role model is her parents. In an interview, 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.”
- In the Miss Universe 2019 competition, she was asked what we should be teaching young girls today. She answered,
I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It is something that has been lacking in young girls and woman for a long time. Not because we don’t want to but because of what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity. That is what we should be teaching these young girls. To take up space. Nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself. I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair was never considered to be beautiful, and I think it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face, and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”
- Many renowned celebrities across the world congratulated her on her success in the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. Oprah Winfrey tweeted and congratulated her,
Congratulations Miss South Africa, the new Miss Universe @zozitunzi! Agree with you…leadership is the most powerful thing we should be teaching young women today. We welcome your visit to #OWLAG, our Leadership Academy for Girls (sic).”
- She walked the ramp for Maxhosa, the fashion label from the South African designer, Laduma Ngxokolo in New York Fashion Week 2019.
- She has been working for the women’s rights and equality and promoting the “HeForShe” campaign (a solidarity campaign for the advancement of gender equality, initiated by the UN).
- Her hobbies include hiking and cooking.
- She admires the beauty of Aishwarya Rai, Miss World 1994 and once in the praise of her beauty, she posted a photo of her on her Facebook account.