Zozibini Tunzi is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2019. Tunzi had previously been crowned Miss South Africa 2019. She is the third woman from South Africa to win the title, and the first black woman since Angolan Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011, and the first to do so with afro-textured hair.
Tunzi was born in Tsolo, Eastern Cape to parents Philiswa Nodapu and Lungisa Tunzi, and raised in the nearby village of Sidwadweni. Tunzi is one of four sisters. She later moved to Cape Town, settling in the Gardens suburb in order to attend the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She graduated with a National Diploma in Public Relations Management in 2018.
With her win, 2019 became the first year that all four major United States-based pageants were won by black women. Additionally, 2019 would also become the first year that black women won the two most prestigious international pageants after Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica later won Miss World 2019.
As Miss Universe, Tunzi resided in New York City and took part in a number of events and appearances throughout the world.
We are proud of you Tunzi, Congratulations!!