Zozibini Tunzi Biography: Early Life, Modelling Career, Miss Universe 2019
Zozibini Tunzi, also known as Zozi Tunzi, is a woman who embodies grace, elegance, and beauty. She is a South African model, actress, and beauty pageant titleholder who has made history with her accomplishments. Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019, becoming the third woman from South Africa to win the prestigious title and the first black woman since Angolan Leila Lopes in 2011.
Early Life and Education
Tunzi was born on 18 September 1993 in Tsolo, Eastern Cape, to parents Philiswa Nodapu and Lungisa Tunzi. She grew up in the nearby village of Sidwadweni with her three sisters. Tunzi later moved to Cape Town, where she attended the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. In 2018, she graduated with a National Diploma in public relations management.
Zozibini Tunzi Pageantry Career
Tunzi’s pageantry career began in 2017 when she was accepted as one of the top 26 semifinalists of Miss South Africa 2017. She later returned to pageantry to compete in Miss South Africa 2019. After being selected as one of the finalists, Tunzi competed in the Miss South Africa 2019 pageant in Pretoria on 9 August. She progressed through the final stages, advancing to the top ten, then the top five, and finally, the top two until she was crowned the winner.
After winning Miss South Africa, Tunzi received prizes, including R1 million, a new car, and a fully furnished apartment in the Sandton neighbourhood of Johannesburg, valued at R5 million, for her to use throughout her reign. The achievement allowed Tunzi to represent South Africa at the Miss Universe 2019 competition.
Miss Universe 2019
In November 2019, Tunzi arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, for Miss Universe 2019. During the competition, Tunzi advanced to the top twenty as the first semifinalist for the Africa/Asia-Pacific continental region. She then advanced to the top ten, the top five, and ultimately the final three. By the end of the event, Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 by outgoing titleholder Catriona Gray of the Philippines, beating first runner-up Madison Anderson of Puerto Rico and second runner-up Sofía Aragón of Mexico.
Tunzi’s win is South Africa’s third Miss Universe winner; she is the first black woman to win the Miss Universe title since Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011 and the first to do so with afro-textured hair. With her win, 2019 became the first year that black women won all four major United States-based pageants; other titleholders were Nia Franklin (Miss America 2019), Kaliegh Garris (Miss Teen USA 2019), and Cheslie Kryst (Miss USA 2019).
As Miss Universe, Tunzi travelled the world, attended events and engagements, and inspired many with her message of inclusion, self-love, and empowerment.
Zozibini Tunzi’s Life After Miss Universe
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tunzi became the longest-reigning Miss Universe titleholder of 525 days, surpassing Lopes’ reign of 464 days on 16 March 2021. On 16 May 2021, her reign ended when she crowned Andrea Meza of Mexico as her successor in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States.
Zozibini Tunzi And Dr Nandipha Magudumana
Zozibini Tunzi and Dr Nandipha Magudumana are not confirmed to be friends, but they have a professional relationship as a client and service provider. Dr Nandipha is an aesthetics doctor who sponsored the Miss SA pageant and treated Zozi Tunzi as one of her clients.
They posted pictures together on social media and exchanged compliments. Dr Nandipha has praised Zozi Tunzi for her achievements and said she was her confidante1. Zozi Tunzi has thanked Dr Nandipha for being one of the best people she met in her Miss SA journey.
However, their relationship has been tainted by the scandal involving Dr Nandipha and Thabo Bester, a convicted rapist and murderer who escaped prison with her help. Dr Nandipha has been arrested and charged with aiding and abetting a criminal, defeating the ends of justice, and murder.
Zozi Tunzi has not commented on the issue or defended Dr Nandipha, despite being criticized by some Twitter users for their association1. Some other celebrities who have been linked to Dr Nandipha are Moshe Ndiki and Terry Pheto.