Rasta sets the record straight over 'fake' painting of Zozibini Tunzi
While the nation was busy celebrating Zozibini Tunzi winning the Miss Universe pageant, some social media users were in a spin over a painting allegedly crafted by infamous funeral artist Lebani Sirenje, better known as Rasta.
Zozi beat 90 other women to the Miss Universe title, leading to a flood of congratulations from across Mzansi, including the president.
Rasta has shocked and surprised the nation countless times over the years with his artworks - but this week the internet was truly in meltdown mode when a picture of him holding a portrait of a woman resembling Zozi went viral.
Soon the trends list was flooded with pictures of Rasta and the painting - and gatvol fans telling him where to get off.
What's Rasta's Twitter handle?— Theo The Ninja™ (@Yung_TheoLogyZA) December 9, 2019
This was supposed to be Zozibini Tunzi and I'm utterly disappointed by this painting.
I want to meet Rasta and hopefully I hide his pains,pencils,crayons and canvas. This should not be allowed any longer. This a TV game character? pic.twitter.com/dDaZ2LsmvV
However, it soon emerged that the picture had been Photoshopped.
A few tell-tale signs made it obvious. For one, the edges are not aligned. More importantly, the painting is clearly of singer Grace Jones.
Even Rasta himself (or at least a Twitter account in his name) shared a snap of the real and Photoshopped images.
“The photo on the left is false. It's [a] Photoshop [image] of the one on [the] right. Please retweet for awareness,” he wrote.
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