South Africa has won Miss Universe 2019 and the folks are celebrating. The 68th international beauty pageant was held on the 8th of December at the highly celebrated Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi who is the reigning Miss South Africa won the grand crown taking over from the gorgeous Catriona Gray of Philippines who was crowned in 2018. This year's edition saw 90 contestants taking part with Ghana, Zambia, Russia and seven more countries withdrawing for various reasons. Zimbabwe had no representation at the pageant.
Zozibini Tunzi was born on 18 September 1993 and is a model. She studied Public Relations and Image Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
South Africa can be known for all those negative things that hit the media houses but something none can take away from South Africa is it's culture. In that mixed Masala society, most have embraced who they are. South Africa is one of the few African countries people still take pride in their native language, native names, cultural heritage and is one African country most women embrace their natural hair.
Zozibini Tunzi's natural look has been the talk in most circles. The question is should we celebrate more because she won with a natural look as if had she not won it would be because the look failed her? Is the celebration about the joy of being accepted on the international stage? Are people saying we were not sure that we are beautiful but now it's confirmed? Who puts the stamp of approval?
Zozibini Tunzi is a true beauty, who even before the pageant loved who she was. Winning the crown is just a bonus and an expansion to her horizon. She is a role model and many black young girls now look upto her.
Women should know that none should ever make them doubt who they are. Self love and self acceptance is important. Whatever gives you confidence empowers you.