'This is the year to be fearless,' says Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi

02 January 2020 - 08:25 By Cebelihle Bhengu
Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi.
Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi.
Image: Miss Universe

As the world ushered in a new decade on Wednesday, Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi has dubbed this the year of “disrupting toxic status quo, shaking tables and being fearless”.

Zozibini is in New York, where she is carrying out her Miss Universe duties.

Her message seems to have resonated with thousands of her followers, who have engaged her since she posted it. 

Less than a month ago, Zozibini showed what can be achieved if one is fearless and determined enough to break the rules in the beauty industry — qualities that saw her being crowned Miss Universe, beating 90 beauty queens from all over the globe. 

Her passion for natural beauty and diversifying the modelling industry did not only see her bag the coveted title, but won her the support of millions. Delivering her final message on the Miss Universe stage, Zozibini emphasised the importance of celebrating and recognising black women and their natural beauty.

“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. And I think that it's time that 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.”