Our beautiful new Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi took New York by storm this week as she gracefully floated down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.
A murmur of approval from those watching the Made In Africa Show turned into rousing applause as she strutted her stuff in the unique Xhosa designs that signify her heritage.
Zozibini took Africa to New York Fashion Week, showing off the designs of trendsetting designers, South African Laduma Ngxokolo and Mozambican Eliana Morargy.
“It was a very proud moment for Zozi, for the Miss South Africa Organisation and for all South Africans to see her walk down that New York Fashion Week runway. It was the fulfilment of a dream for her, and also the showcasing of the best of southern Africa, letting the fashion world know that we are players who need to be taken seriously on the international stage,” says Stephanie Weil, CEO of Miss South Africa.
She and Laduma both hail from adjacent villages in the Eastern Cape and share a common Xhosa heritage.
Zozi’s unfailingly loyal social media fans have followed her meteoric rise on the social network scene and closely monitored her New York adventure as well.
Already, months ahead of the prestigious Miss Universe competition, she is one of the most followed Miss Universe delegates, coming in most recently at number five of all the participating countries.
While she was in the United States, Zozi was interviewed by America’s biggest African American Women’s magazine, Essence who focused on her fresh, natural look – Zozi does not wear a wig or a weave, favouring her own hair worn short. She also spent time with South Africa’s famous export, comedian and host of the much-lauded Daily Show, Trevor Noah. “Trevor is completely charming. He and I chatted happily away in Xhosa together.”
Said Zozi: “It was a huge adventure. Every day I am grateful for these wonderful opportunities that I have been given.”