“Black Is Beautiful,” Miss SA Zozibini Tunzi Addresses The Stereotype Standards On Beauty. She broke all the stereotypes associated with beauty when she was crowned Miss SA 2019 last month. Without a weave or straight hair Zozibini Tunzi clinched the most prestigious beauty crown in the country.
Often a times a person is regarded as beautiful from their skin tone. Henceforth when Zozibini was crowned Miss SA some people thought she was not deserving. Zozibini who will be representing SA at Miss Universe pageant wrote a powerful statement to address the stereotypes on beauty.
” I just want to take a moment to dedicate a post to the unkind comments that I have been receiving about my blackness since my crowning. To comments that are aimed at all brown skinned girls at some point in our lives,” she said
This is because she sees an opportunity to educate and speak out on the matter. “When people say hurtful, negative things about black women and black people in general I do not quickly take offense and here’s why. Society has previously been programmed in such a way that there’s nothing beautiful about being black. The furthest you are from being fair skinned the uglier you are. That unfortunately has been the universal standard of beauty and it is very difficult for some people to unlearn it.”
Thankfully there is an influential figure who is using her social status to educate. “I am going into Miss Universe with hopes to shatter whatever misconception and stereotypes people have of beauty. These comments are exactly why we should keep inserting ourselves in spaces where we have been told we do not belong and we will never make it. It is up to us re-write the narrative. To whoever else thinks that black is not beautiful I cannot wait for you to experience the depth and magic of a black woman. I am a daughter of the African soil and I am beautiful. See your face reflected in mine,” she concluded.