• New Miss SA highlighted the allure of natural African beauty through her hair

    Miss SA Zozibini Tunzi captured the headlines for being the first black woman to win the coveted title while sporting her natural hair. This was the first time in the 60-year old history of the contest that the winner’s hair grabbed the eyeballs as well as the headlines in such a unique manner. She will move ahead to represent the country in the Miss Universe contest later this year.

    While social media went buzzing with debates about preserving the beauty of original black hair, Tunzi has stated that “Women are multifaceted and we are all beautiful in our own right. I’m happy to go introduce a different kind of beauty on a world stage.” She also added that “I feel like beauty in that space has been westernised. Maybe for the first time Miss Universe will be an African girl with kinky hair.”

    Reacting to Tunzi’s win, actress Florence Masebe added in Instagram “”I’m happy. I’m emotional. A South African beauty with short natural hair won the #MissSA2019 crown.”

    Zozibini Tunzi natural African hair
    Miss SA 2019 Zozibini Tunzi

    “This day finally came! Natural African hair under that Miss SA crown and heading to the world stage. You are breathtaking!” tweeted radio presenter Azania Mosaka.

    While an entire range of social media users are complimenting her hairstyle, some suggested that her win had something to do with her hair. This has led to a heated debate that still continues in the social media platforms. It might be noted that Tunzi entered the Miss SA contest for the first time in 2017 with flowing faux locks. She had to bow out from the contest in the semi-final stage.

    Three years ago, students from Pretoria Girls’ High School launched a protest about racist polices of the school regarding their natural hair. Many South African women spoke out about having similar experiences during their schooling period. Women in the social media platform have voiced their opinion about natural black hair still not being counted in the same category as its straight and silky counterpart.

    A week before the grand finale of the event, Tunzi spoke in her Instagram account about her hair. “Before going natural I was scared of not being beautiful because of the misconception I had of what beauty is, mainly because beauty was never presented to me as someone who has my kind of hair,” she said. The 25-year-old from Tsolo now wants to spread this “important lesson”  that she learnt about feminine beauty, around the world.

    Last week, Tunzi visited her home town for the first time since winning the crown and got a warm welcome at the Mthatha Airport in the Eastern Cape.

    While looking forward to the Miss Universe pageant in December, Tunzi dedicated her win to her family and her community. Her mother, who almost fainted when her daughter’s name was declared as the winner, is a school principal at Bangweni JSS, in Bolotwa, a village in Eastern Cape. Her father works in the department of higher education and training in Pretoria.

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