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Zozibini Tunzi


  • Image Hair Color Black
  • Image Eye Color Brown
  • Image Zodiac Sign Virgo
  • Image Height 5ft 8inch

Zozibini Tunzi started her pageant career in 2017 when she competed for the Miss South Africa 2017. She was named one of the Top 26 semifinalists but did not make the Top 12.

In 2019, Zozibini Tunzi returned to compete at the Miss South Africa 2019 pageant where she won the crown, walked away with the title of Miss South Africa 2019 and received the opportunity to advance to the Miss Universe 2019 pageant.

She also competed at Miss Universe 2019 for the opportunity to represent the Miss Universe organization. On December 8, 2019, during the Miss Universe 2019 pageant, she was crowned Miss Universe 2019. See her crowning moment video:

At the Miss Universe 2019 pageant, spoke about the importance of taking up space, leadership in young women and inspiring girls throughout the world. Check out her final question and her final word for Miss Universe 2019:

During her reign as Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini has had interviews with Anderson Cooper, Trevor Noah, Tamron Hall, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest and more!

Want to learn more about Zozibini? Check out this podcast on Pageant Planet:

Listen to Pageant Planet's exclusive interview with Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019:

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    September 18, 1993

  • Eastern Cape, South Africa

Pageant Planet Awards

  • #1 Best Miss Evening Gown of 2019
  • Top 10 Miss Pageant Hairstyles of 2019

Pageant Platform

Gender-Based Violence

What is the Occupation of Zozibini Tunzi

Miss Universe 2019

Which School Did Zozibini Tunzi Attend?

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

FUN FACTS about Zozibini Tunzi

She is studying public relations

In the Media

The hidden meaning behind Zozibini's Miss Universe national costume

11 November 2019 https://www.channel24.co.za/The-Juice/News/Pageant/the-hidden-meaning-behind-zozibinis-miss-universe-national-costume-20191111

Zozibini Tunzi Won Miss Universe in Natural Hair — Despite Advisors Telling Her to Wear a Wig

4 January 2020 https://www.allure.com/story/miss-universe-zozibini-tunzi-natural-hair

Miss Universe 2019 Is Young, Gifted And An Outspoken Believer In 'Black Girl Magic'

4 January 2020 https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/12/09/786312377/miss-universe-2019-is-young-gifted-and-an-outspoken-believer-in-black-girl-magic

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi Moves from South Africa to NYC as She Prepares a 'Purposeful' Reign

4 January 2020 https://people.com/human-interest/miss-universe-zozibini-tunzi-girls-grow-up-feeling-beautiful-capable/

The Winner Of Miss Universe 2019 Represents More Than Just A Title

4 January 2020 https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/12/8991028/miss-universe-2019-winner-zozibini-tunzi-south-africa

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi on her activism and why she refused to wear a wig

4 January 2020 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/miss-universe-zozibini-tunzi-south-africa-activism-natural-hair-interview-making-history-2019-12-17/

Zozibini Tunzi - Becoming Miss Universe and Fighting Gender-Based Violence | The Daily Show

4 January 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbpm61gTJbY