Zozibini Tunzi Wiki
Zozibini Tunzi was born on September 20, 1993, and from Tsolo, Eastern Cape, South Africa. She is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2019. On December 9, Madison Anderson from Puerto Rico was announced as the first runner-up and Mexico’s Sofía Aragon was the second runner-up.
For Tunzi, it is a momentous win because she is the third woman from South Africa to win the Miss Universe title. Margaret Gardiner, a South African journalist, was the first South African woman to win the title in 1978 while Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from Sedgefield won the beauty pageant in 2017.
The 26-year-old Tunzi was declared the winner at a televised event, hosted by American comic-turned-TV personality Steve Harvey, held at Tyler Perry Studios here on Sunday. Indian contestant Vartika Singh crashed out of the world’s biggest beauty pageant after securing a place in the top 20.
In her closing speech, a new segment in the competition, the 26-year-old spoke of breaking color stereotypes and wanting to empower young women. “I grew up in a world where women who look like me with my kind of skin or my kind of hair are not considered to be beautiful, I think that it is time that this stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face, then see their faces reflected in mine,” Zozibini Tunzi said on stage before she was crowned Miss Universe 2019.
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 9, 2019
Zozibini Tunzi Career
In 2017, she began her career in the pageantry and 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.
On August 9, she was selected as one of the finalists, Tunzi went on to compete in the Miss South Africa 2019 competition in Pretoria. Tunzi received prizes including R1 million, a new car, and a fully furnished apartment in the Sandton neighborhood of Johannesburg, which is valued at R5 million, for her to use throughout her reign.
Tunzi is also the first black woman to win the Miss Universe crown since Leila Lopes from Angola won the title in 2011. Trinidad’s Janelle Commissiong was the first black woman to win the crown in 1977.
Apart from her career in modeling, Tunzi is an activist as well and fights against gender-based violence, E!News reports. As for her hobbies, she is a bookworm as Tunzi enjoys reading books. Zozibini Tunzi is inspired by her grandmother.
Zozibini Tunzi Family
How old is Zozibini Tunzi? She was born on September 20, 1993, and from Tsolo, Eastern Cape, South Africa and she is 26 years old as of 2019. Tunzi was born in Tsolo, Eastern Cape to parents Philiswa Nadapu and Lungisa Tunzi, and raised in the nearby village of Sidwadweni.
She has two siblings and completed her education from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and image management in 2018. Before winning Miss South Africa, Tunzi was completing a Bachelor of Technology graduate degree in public relations management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and worked as a graduate intern in the public relations department of Ogilvy Cape Town.
Zozibini Tunzi Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth of her is $3 Millon USD as of 2019. She stands 5 feet 8 inch tall and weighs around 51 KG.