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The 62nd edition of the Miss South Africa pageant, Hosted by South African actress, Tv personality Nomzamo Mbatha held on Saturday, October 24, at The table bay hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Shudufhadzo Musida was crowned Miss South Africa 2020.

Musida’s win comes as no surprise as she was voted “fan favourite” from the top 10 contestants announced last year in August. The 24-year-old has already taken to the road with radio interviews and is Miss South Africa’s first crowned bald beauty.

She was crowned with the Ubuhle Bethungo Lenkosazana which means “Beauty in the rainbow” in  the Zulu language. The crown is said to represent  the diversity of South Africa and is embellished with thousands of Zirconia stones.

Tall and voluptuous, Musida started modelling from the age of 17 and has previously worked with international companies Eucerin and Woolworths. She has also featured in Vogue Italia’s catalogue shoots. While Miss South Africa has an extensive modelling portfolio, it is current Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi who inspired Musida to enter Miss South Africa. Tunzi’s beautiful dark skin and edgy haircut broke history by being the first Black Miss South Africa to win without hair extensions. Musida took it a step further by going completely bald.Shudufhadzo Musida

The bald look is one favoured by both sexes in South Africa and is affectionately known as chiskop. Black South Africans are known for being militant about challenging Eurocentric beauty standards. It is South African’s Black beauty advocacy that saw an insensitive hair advert targeted at Black people pulled out due to public backlash. The infamous TRESemme hair advert described Black African hair as “damaged” and “dry” whilst Caucasian hair was described as “fine” and “normal”. Tunzi took to her public platform to slam the company and local beauty store Clicks for running the ad which had evident racist undertones.

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Musida is currently studying towards an honours degree in International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand. Congratulations have been pouring in from prominent South Africans and followers of Musida’s journey. She takes over the reins from Miss South Africa 2019 Sasha-Lee Olivier. The first and second runners-up are Tato Moselle and Natasha Joubert.

The Crowned Miss South Africa 2020 is passionate about Mental health awareness and the economic and educational empowerment of women and children.

We are definitely looking forward to seeing her do greater things!

 

Africa – Ladies and gentlemen, your new Miss Universe is Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi!

Sunday 8 December saw the crowning of the 68th Miss Universe at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Zozibini Tunzi won the 2019 Miss Universe pageant on Sunday night, beating out nearly 90 other women from various countries and territories in the annual competition.

Tunzi, 26, is a public relations professional and activist whose platform is largely based on her fight against gender-based violence, according to her contestant biography.

 The three-hour show was hosted once again by award-winning comedian, Steve Harvey alongside actress and former beauty queen Vanessa Lachey, and saw performances by Fifth Harmony member, Ally Brooke.

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Zozibini Miss Unverse

Zozibini is the third South African to win the Miss Universe crown. The first was Margaret Gardinerin 1978, followed by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.

She is also the first Miss Universe to wear the brand-new “Power of Unity” crown which is said to be worth R73 million.

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While Tunzi certainly stole the spotlight throughout the night, it was during her final question portion that she really made everyone stop straight in their tracks. When asked “What is the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today,” she had the perfect response.

“I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time,” she said. “Not because we don’t want to, but because what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world.”:

She continued, “And that we should be given every opportunity. And that is what we should be teaching these young girls, to take up space. Nothing as more important than taking up space in society and cementing ourselves.”

For her final statement, she not only made everyone feel inspired but empowered.

“I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me with my kind of skin and my kind of hair was never considered to be beautiful,” Miss South Africa explained. “And I think that’s time that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”

 

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has a unique idea for her Miss Universe National Costume competition entry asking men to send in love letters to the women in their life to form part of her outfit inspired by Khosi Nkosi.
In preparation of her journey to represent Mzansi at Miss Universe 2019, Miss SA Zozibini Tunzi has called on SA men to write love letters to women with the launch of her #HeForShe campaign. The letters will be an important part of the design process of a costume that she will don at Miss Universe in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 8.
The campaign is aligned with the UN’s #HeForShe global solidarity movement that advocates for the advancement of gender equality aiming to mobilise men as allies in the struggle against Gender-based violence and the creation of an equal society for all.
Tunzi has urged SA men to pledge their support by posting videos and selfies on social media using #HeForShe and #MissSALoveLetter. In the caption they must include their love letter to SA women.
She took to her social media:
 
I am asking men to write love letters to the women of South Africa. Those letters will be inscribed on to ribbons of fabric which will, in turn, form part of my national costume,” Miss South Africa said.
“In what will be a first, I will literally take South Africa with me to Miss Universe; I will wear a wave of love from men in the form of love letters celebrating and honouring the women of this country.”
The 2019 Miss South Africa winner said she wanted to shift the perception about gender-based violence.
Women are constantly being taught how to defend themselves against attack from men. I would like to shift the perception,” Tunzi said.
“I want to say that responsibility should no longer rest on the shoulders of women alone. I want the men of our nation to stand and take a stand against gender-based violence”.
 
We have to start the narration where right-thinking people act as role models for those who think it’s okay to mistreat women.
That’s my aim with my campaign.
To be part of my #MissSALoveLetter, make your pledge by visiting www.heforshe.org and share your message of love to the women of South Africa on Twitter and Facebook. By using #heforshe and #MissSALoveLetter as well as @official_misssa and @zozitunzi, your message of unity will be seen by the Universe.