25-year-old working student, Zozibini Tunzi, was crowned Miss South Africa 2019 on Friday, August 9 at the Time Square’s Sun Arena in Pretoria. She beat 15 other beauties to win the most coveted national beauty title in the country and succeed last year’s winner and Miss Universe 1st runner-up Tamaryn Green.
Zozibini hails from the Sidwadweni village in Tsolo, Eastern Cape and is currently completing her BTech in Public Relations Management. She will now embark on a journey to represent the rainbow nation at the Miss Universe 2019 pageant.
The runner-up, Sasha-Lee Olivier, is expected to compete in the Miss World 2019 pageant in London later this year. Kgothatso Dithebe, Nompumelelo Maduna, and Eloïse van der Westhuizen completed to Top 5 finalists.
During the question and answer round with an all-female panel of judges, the new Miss South Africa gave a powerful and timely message, “The time is now for women to take their place at the forefront of greatness.” This year’s pageant was held on Women’s Day.
It was the 61st edition of Miss South Africa and the glittering event was graced by former Miss Universe, South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Miss Universe 2018 from the Philippines, Catriona Gray.
South Africa has won the Miss World crown three times with Penelope Coelen, Anneline Kriel and Rolene Strauss in 1958, 1974 and 2014, respectively, and two Miss Universe with Margaret Gardiner in 1978 and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.
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