Merely a month after being crowned Miss South Africa 2019, the 25-year-old Zozibini Tunzi has been presented with an endless line of opportunities and first-time experiences. Our African beauty left South Africa for the first time in her life to attend New York Fashion Week (NYFW), with mentor and personal stylist, Werner Wessels, at her side always making sure she looks her absolute best.
On Friday 6 September, Zozibini walked the NYFW runway in a black and white beaded gown designed by Laduma Ngxokolo of the Maxhosa brand, the range was inspired by AmaMphondo’s royalty, the range stunned as a true embodiment of African heart and soul. Joining our Miss SA on the runway was former Miss Universe and our very own, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who has been calling New York her home for the past 2 years now.
Extremely proud and honoured to represent one of her favourite designers, Zozibini wants the world to recognise a different kind of beauty. NYFW
“I am proud to be walking fully as an African woman and hope that fellow African women will see themselves reflected in me.”
Her jam-packed schedule while visiting in the Big Apple included an interview with Essence, one of the US’s biggest Magazines for African American women, a meet up with an international modelling agency IMG, who own the Miss Universe brand and of course a moment in the spotlight with one of our very own, Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.
Overwhelmed and grateful for every opportunity and experience, Zozi’s heart was breaking for South Africa alongside the women of her country in a difficult time of gender-based violence. She believes that her reign as Miss SA came at exactly the right time, taking into consideration that everything happens for a reason. This only proves to her again why her reign was meant for 2019 and not for 2017 when she entered Miss SA for the first time. She posted on her Instagram feed how sorry she is that the women of this country have to fight for a basic right to life, sharing a picture of the people’s march to parliament on Thursday 5 September.