SA crowned another queen this Women’s Day and we are in love! It’s official, Miss SA 2019 is the dazzling Zozibini Tunzi, the gorgeous 25-year-old from the Eastern Cape.

Her natural crown has caused a serious stir on social media. Everyone has been talking about this beauty! The newly crowned queen wore her hair short, no fake locks or faux curls could be found anywhere on her lovely head. And she won! The win garnered a ton of praise and support online with emotional messages from fans thanking Zozibini for representing a form of beauty that isn’t often seen or celebrated.

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Miss South Africa 2019, Zozibini Tunzi

The newest Miss SA queen knew what she was doing choosing to present her natural hair to the world. The decision to represent her crown came from a need to express a form of beauty that is entirely underrepresented and underappreciated; “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.”

Beauty comes in many forms. In the spirit of Women’s Month, we think it is incredibly important to talk about this fact. There is more than one way to be beautiful – no matter how you choose to present yourself outwardly, what really matters is confidence and fierce self-love.

Influential ladies like Tunzi are at the front of the crowd, teaching us all a valuable lesson and proving that narrow views of beauty no longer apply. “Women are not one dimensional and therefore you cannot box their beauty. We all come in different shapes, sizes and shades, with natural hair and weaves” says Zozibini.

Ladies, wear your natural crown with pride. Love your natural locks and know that beauty goes much further than how you wear your hair. Help spread the word and let all the ladies in your life know that they too can be beautiful and rock the hair they were born with – just like our newest Miss SA queen!

“Here sits the crown, beautifully so on my kinky coarse hair. I hope I make South Africa proud.”

– Zozibini Tunzi. Miss SA 2019