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Zozibini Tunzi – “I am not the benchmark”

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Zozibini Tunzi has become a model and dream for lots of young girls since she was announced as Miss Universe 2019 in December.

However, the news is that she doesn’t want to be the benchmark.


During an interview with the Sunday Times based in New York, she spoke about her love for South Africa and the excitement behind being crowned.

“My life has changed drastically. It was like a 360-degree switch in seconds. One moment I was Miss SA, next thing Steve [host Steve Harvey] is screaming out that South Africa is the next Miss Universe. From that moment everything changed. My life will never be the same again.”

Speaking about her goals she said:

“The movement of breaking stereotypes started literally on the night, the minute I got crowned. It was in that moment that little girls and young women were watching their televisions and thinking they, too, can finally do it.

“And I want to say, I am not the benchmark. I don’t want young women and girls to look at me and say that they want to be like me. I want them to know that they can do more. Me speaking about the things I am passionate about, being brave about it and being unapologetically black in all of my blackness is exactly what the movement needs.”

However, the beauty queen is having the best time of her life touring SA.

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