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Zozi's homecoming: 6 things we have learned from Miss Universe

Written by: Elizabeth Kgabane

We are excited and cannot wait to welcome Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi home on Saturday (8 February 2020) at OR Tambo International Airport.

The resilient Tunzi competed in the Miss Universe pageant which hosted contestants from 90 countries at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on 8 December 2019.

Before she left, she said she was excited to be introduced to the world and two months later Tunzi comes home after a massive introduction to the world as the reigning Miss Universe.

We are proud of Tunzi’s achievement and her heartfelt story which she shared at the LeadSA’s Changemakers event in 2019 as she was preparing to compete in the pageant.

The Changemakers event celebrates individuals who have made a positive contribution to building South Africa and seek to inspire those that wish to have a similar impact.

Tunzi unpacked her story of Breaking Through to Excellence and we learned a great deal from our queen.

Tunzi reminded the audience of her pledge to use her Miss South Africa (her runner-up Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier has since assumed the mantle) platform to change the narrative around gender-based violence and her commitment to see her chosen campaign to the end.

Zozibini Tunzi in her own words:

  1. If you want to make it in the world you have to be different.

  2. Reading books such as Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom will help you realise the purpose of our struggle heroes.

  3. It’s how you use a platform that works for you.

  4. There is a different kind of beauty.

  5. You can conquer anything and you can be anything you want to be.

  6. Believe in yourself whether or not you are the favourite.

Watch the highlights of her talk below.




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