Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has earned the crown of Miss Universe by impressing the judges with her natural stage presence and gorgeous smile, as well as her exquisite South African fashion creations.
The beauty follows the footsteps of Margaret Gardiner, who was crowned Miss Universe in 1978, and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who received the award in 2017.
The first competitor to reach the top 20, Tunzi did not flinch once and made South Africa very proud at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Her dress was truly spectacular, and, as soon as she was on the stage, instantly became a favourite.
Tunzi was born in Tsolo, Cape Orientals. She grew up with her parents, Philiswa Nadapu and Lungisa Tunzi, and two sisters in the neighboring village of Sidwadweni. She later moved to Cape Town, settling in the suburbs of Gardens and attending the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where she graduated in 2018.
Prior to winning Miss South Africa, Tunzi was majoring in Public Relations Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and worked as an intern in the public relations department of Ogilvy Cape Town.
Tunzi started her contests career in 2017 when she was accepted as one of Miss South Africa's top 26 semi-finalists, although she was not selected as one of the twelve finalists.
Tunzi returned to the contest in 2019, where she was selected to continue as one of the top 35 semi-finalists, but later being announced as one of the sixteen finalists.
In the contest, Tunzi progressed through the final stages, reaching the top ten, then the top five, and then the final when she was crowned the winner, beating runner-up Sasha-Lee Olivier.
After her victory, Tunzi received awards, including a new car and a fully furnished apartment in Johannesburg's Sandton neighborhood, valued at $ 5 million, for her to use throughout her reign. The achievement allowed Tunzi to represent South Africa in the Miss Universe 2019 competition.