Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss South Africa on Women’s Day, this August. The whole nation seemingly celebrated the event, but the B-Tech student has revealed that there is a dark side to the fame.
Speaking to Eyewitness News, she opened up about receiving unpleasant comments on her Social Media which are often colourist, sexist and at times, racist.
“I would get comments every time I post. I once posted a photo outside my apartment – it was a very nice dark image of Joburg. ‘This picture is so black just like you Miss black South Africa’ [was a comment I received]. Comments like ‘why is this man representing South Africa in the competition’,” she said.
The 26 year old said she knew she was going to be different going into the competition because of her dark skin and hair style.
“It was crazy at first. Colourism and racism is a real thing going into the competition – I knew I would shake the table. I knew I would be the unconventional Miss South Africa to have won because no one has ever won with their hair or whatever, looking like I do.”
The beauty queen said she entered the pageant to change beauty stereotypes and be a representation of women who are often not potrayed on the media.
“Some people use pageantry and beauty as escapism, so to see someone who looks like them – they don’t want to see that. They want to see perfection. So people are so uncomfortable with change, once it became too real for them, they started acting out,” she explained.